Tortured Artists: From Picasso and Monroe to Warhol and Winehouse, the Twisted Secrets of the World's Most Creative Minds

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Great art comes from great pain.

Or that's the impression left by the haunting profiles in Tortured Artists, which examines the maladies that drive creative types to the brink of despair and the inspired works that are born from their anguish.

The book comprises illuminating profiles of forty-eight celebrated figures from literature, music, drama, and visual art. The artists are a carefully chosen mix of pioneers and mavericks whose creative contributions have forever changed their respective mediums -- everyone from Charles Schulz to Charlie Parker, Michelangelo to Madonna, Andy Warhol to Amy Winehouse. Each profile in Tortured Artists has a specific goal: to show how pain and suffering inspired the subject's art, thereby revealing the common thread that binds artistic expression of every conceivable type.

As much an appreciation of artistic genius as an accessible study of the artistic psyche, Tortured Artists illustrates the surprising extent to which inner and outer turmoil fuel the creative process.

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Christopher Zara (New York, NY) is a writer, critic, and journalist with more than ten years' experience covering entertainment and the arts. He is a media and culture reporter for The International Business Times.

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"A surprisingly sophisiticated and oddly brilliant work -- part popular science and part cultural criticism -- that blends comic observation and trenchant insight into a literary treasure as difficult to put down as it is to classify." -Rain Taxi Review of Books.

"It's a weighty subject, and Zara tackles it with gusto. His research uncovers the details that make his subjects human to us." -The Santa Fe New Mexican

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