Touched With Fire
Manic Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament
ISBN10: 068483183X ISBN13: 9780684831831 Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Sd) Published: Oct 18 1996 Pages: 370 Weight: 0.90lbs. Height: 8.75" Width: 5.50" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
The anguished, volatile intensity we associate with the artistic temperament, often described as "a fine madness," has been thought of as a defining aspect of much artistic genius. Now, Kay Jamison's brilliant work, based on years of studies as a clinical psychologist and prominent researcher in mood disorders, reveals that many artists who were subject to alternatingly exultant and then melancholic moods were, in fact, engaged in a lifelong struggle with manic-depressive illness.