Kay Redfield Jamison - Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character

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Jamison is a professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as well as an honorary professor of English at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and she combines these areas of expertise for an illuminating portrait of Robert Lowell (1917-1977). Drawing on new sources, including the poet’s medical records, unpublished drafts and notes, as well as interviews with Lowell’s daughter, Jamison, who profiled the lives and work of artists with bipolar disorder in her classic Touched with Fire, gives a compassionate account of a man who refused to give up in the face of a severe mental illness. She shows how manic-depression shaped key aspects of Lowell’s relationships, his teaching, and most of all, his writing.

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ISBN: 9780307700278
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Published: Knopf - February 28th, 2017

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