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ROBERT LOWELL

SETTING THE RIVER OF FIRE. A STUDY OF GENIUS, MANIA AND CHARACTER

Jamison, Kay Redfield

Farrar Straus Giroux

2017

ISBN: 9780307002785

Idioma: Inglés

Materia: Estudios literatura occidental: autores / obras

In his Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry, Robert Lowell put his manic-depressive illness (now known as bipolar disorder) into the public domain, creating a language for madness that was new and arresting. As Dr. Jamison brings her expertise in mood disorders to bear on Lowell’s story, she illuminates not only the relationships among mania, depression, and creativity but also the details of Lowell’s treatment and how illness and treatment influenced the great work that he produced (and often became its subject). Lowell’s New England roots, early breakdowns, marriages to three eminent writers, friendships with other poets such as Elizabeth Bishop, his many hospitalizations, his vivid presence as both a teacher and a maker of poems—Jamison gives us the poet’s life through a lens that focuses our understanding of his intense discipline, courage, and commitment to his art. J

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