Churchill's Black Dog, Kafka's Mice, and Other Phenomena of the Human Mind

3.87 avg rating
( 124 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780345365477: Churchill's Black Dog, Kafka's Mice, and Other Phenomena of the Human Mind

A noted psychiatrist probes the relation netween genius and pathology, offering new and startling insights into the genius of numerous famous historical figures

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly:

In this collection of mini-psycho-biographies, Storr contends that Winston Churchill's brave defiance of Hitler's onslaughter owed much to another battle the politician wagedhis lifelong bout with depression, which Churchill nicknamed "Black Dog." In his discussion of the relationship between genius and pathology, the author, a well-known British psychiatrist, makes much of Churchill's wet nurse and his "oral" personality, greedy for approval. In other pieces, Kafka's existential insecurity is traced to his parents' prolonged absences during his childhood, while Isaac Newton, a self-punishing hypochondriac with a paranoid streak, is seen gaining mastery over the universe in reaction to his exaggerated sense of helplessness as an infant. If Storr's psychoanalytic profiles are at times reductionist, he cautions nonetheless that there is no necessary link between creative inspiration and mental instability. This grab-bag of essays includes an analysis of sexual jealousy (using Shakespeare's Othello as an example), thoughts on Jung's mid-life crisis and the psychology of symbols and a stinging indictment of the sensory deprivation applied to prisoners in Northern Ireland.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Storr, Anthony
Published by Ballantine Books (1990)
ISBN 10: 034536547X ISBN 13: 9780345365477
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ballantine Books, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11034536547X

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 60.58
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Storr, Anthony
Published by Ballantine Books (1990)
ISBN 10: 034536547X ISBN 13: 9780345365477
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Save With Sam
(North Miami, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ballantine Books, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # VIB034536547X

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 60.58
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Anthony Storr
Published by Ballantine Books (1990)
ISBN 10: 034536547X ISBN 13: 9780345365477
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ballantine Books, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX034536547X

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 74.25
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Anthony Storr
Published by Ballantine Books (1990)
ISBN 10: 034536547X ISBN 13: 9780345365477
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Ballantine Books, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M034536547X

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 83.36
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds