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Published: 01 June 2005

288 Pages

ISBN: 9780190615826

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Mental Health in Literature

Literary Lunacy and Lucidity

Glen Rohrer

  • Some works will provide insights into more than one behavior or disorder. Charles Dickens' The Pickwick Papers is used to illustrate delirium in chapter 2, but it can also demonstrate alcohol dependence. Jack London's John Barleycorn is used to illustrate alcohol dependence in chapter 3, but it can also demonstrate narcissistic personality disorder.
  • Biographical information about each author precedes each work and provides historical context for understanding the story.
  • Discussion and clinical questions conclude each chapter.
  • Selected authors, from William Shakespeare to Susanna Kaysen, are well-known figures in history and current pop culture.

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