Pox: Genius, Madness, and the Mysteries of Syphilis

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Basic Books, 1 jan. 2003 - 379 pagina's
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Was Beethoven experiencing syphilitic euphoria when he composed "Ode to Joy"? Did van Gogh paint "Crows Over the Wheatfield" in a fit of diseased madness right before he shot himself? Was syphilis a stowaway on Columbus's return voyage to Europe? The answers to these provocative questions are likely "yes," claims Deborah Hayden in this riveting investigation of the effects of the "Pox" on the lives and works of world figures from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries. Writing with remarkable insight and narrative flair, Hayden argues that biographers and historians have vastly underestimated the influence of what Thomas Mann called "this exhilarating yet wasting disease." Shrouded in secrecy, syphilis was accompanied by wild euphoria and suicidal depression, megalomania and paranoia, profoundly affecting sufferers' worldview, their sexual behavior and personality, and, of course, their art. Deeply informed and courageously argued, Pox has already been heralded as a major contribution to our understanding of genius, madness, and creativity.
 

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Mostly Pox: etc left me curiously unsatisfied. It's not that I believe or disbelieve that various historical figures had syphilis (although I'm highly unconvinced by the Schumann chapter), it's the ... Volledige review lezen

Pox: genius, madness, and the mysteries of syphilis

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Independent scholar Hayden has written a fascinating account of the role that syphilis may have played in the lives of noted historical Western figures from Columbus to Hitler. Over the course of five ... Volledige review lezen

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Diagnosis
60
Ludwig van Beethoven 17701827
71
Franz Schubert 17971828
89
Robert Schumann 18101856
97
Charles Baudelaire 18211867
112
Mary Todd 18181882
120
Gustave Flaubert 18211880
133
Vincent van Gogh 18531890
152
Oscar Wilde 18541900
200
Karen Blixen Isak Dinesen 18851962
229
Adolf Hitler 18891945
251
The Myth of Syphilis
305
Ten Clues to Secret Syphilis 3 19
319
Bibliography
353
Index
367
Copyright

Friedrich Nietzsche 18441900
172

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