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Divine Madness By Jeffrey A. Kottler, Ph.D.

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Offering a story of the emotional origins of creativity, the author writes about the dramatic and tragic lives of such genius artists as Judy Garland, Sylvia Plath, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, Marilyn Monroe, Brian Wilson, Lenny Bruce, Mark Rothko, and others.
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Divine Madness: Ten Stories of Creative Struggle by Jeffrey A. Kottler, Ph.D.

This work offers dramatic stories of famous artists who suffered emotional turmoil in their quest for success and survival. In this engaging story of the emotional origins of creativity, Jeffrey Kottler writes about the dramatic and tragic lives of such genius artists as Judy Garland, Sylvia Plath, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, Marilyn Monroe, Brian Wilson, Lenny Bruce, Mark Rothko, and others. In each case, he writes a fascinating personal story that also analyzes how each of these exceptional women and men struggled to overcome their emotional hardships, and how their psychological issues impacted their lives and work, as well as their great productivity and success. Jeffrey Kottler, PhD (Fullerton, CA), is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Counseling at California State University, Fullerton, and author or coauthor of 60 books, including the "New York Times" bestseller "The Last Victim" (0-446-52340-2) with Jason Moss.

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..".fascinating and intimate portraits." (Glasgow Evening Times, February 2006) "The Last Victim is an engrossing and gut-wrenching read!" --Kirkus Reviews "On Being a Therapist is one of those rare and exciting books that reaches deep into the heart of a profession and discloses not only its day-to-day workings but also the very personal satisfaction, problems, doubts, and joys its practitioners experience." --Booklist "In Travel That Can Change Your Life Kottler . . . believes that the urge to travel is activated by more than the need to take a break or see new sights, that is actually an unconscious desire to change something significant about ourselves. Kottler's book builds convincingly on this intriguing theory. He offers suggestions for planning a journey that can lead to personal transformation." --Chicago Tribune It's commonplace to observe that the line between genius and mental illness is razor thin, and critics point to a long list of writers, artists and musicians--from William Blake to Sylvia Plath--as illustrations. Kottler, a professor of counseling at California State University, Fullerton, superficially probes the relationship between madness and creativity through 10 case studies of artists who are as famous for their mental instability as their work: Sylvia Plath, Judy Garland, Mark Rothko, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, Charles Mingus, Vaslav Nijinsky, Marilyn Monroe, Lenny Bruce and Brian Wilson. An excellent storyteller, he uses these case studies to illustrate the loneliness, sensitivity and intensity that characterized the lives of these artists and the extent to which their personal traumas and psychological instability blossomed into creative genius. For example, he tells how Plath's contentious relationship with her mother and her tortured marriage to Ted Hughes drove her into depression and eventually suicide but also fueled her poetic genius. But the stories of these artists are already very well known, and Kottler offers no genuinely new insights. Moreover, he resorts to sophomoric and cliched notions--"we are all a little crazy, some more than others," "creativity is thinking outside the box"--to explain the relationship between madness and creativity. (Jan.) (Publishers Weekly, November 14, 2005)

About Jeffrey A. Kottler, Ph.D.


Jeffrey A. Kottler is professor and chair of the Department of Counseling at California State University, Fullerton. He is the author of sixty--five books, including On Being a Therapist and The Mummy at the Dining Room Table both from Jossey--Bass Publishers.

Table of Contents


Preface. 1. The Nature of Madness and Creativity: Myths and Realities. 2. Sylvia Plath: Perfected in Death. 3. Judy Garland: Under the Rainbow. 4. Mark Rothko: Painted in Blood. 5. Ernest Hemingway: Living Up to His Legend. 6. Virginia Woolf: A Great Lake of Melancholy. 7. Charles Mingus:Musical Hallucinations. 8. Vaslav Nijinsky: A Method to His Madness. 9. Marilyn Monroe: Killed by Kindness. 10. Lenny Bruce: Sick and Dirty Comic. 11. Brian Wilson: Afraid of the Water. 12. Interpretations of Meaning in the Lives of Creative Geniuses. Notes. References and Further Reading. About the Author.

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GOR001168120
Divine Madness: Ten Stories of Creative Struggle by Jeffrey A. Kottler, Ph.D.
Jeffrey A. Kottler, Ph.D.
Used - Very Good
Hardback
John Wiley & Sons Inc
2006-02-10
336
0787981494
9780787981495
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