The Mind of the Artist: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism, Asperger Syndrome and Depression

Michael Fitzgerald
Department of Psychiatry, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Dublin, Ireland

Series: Lives and Times of Distinguished Artists
BISAC: ART016000

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This is a provocative and novel investigation of the psyches of sixty artists, predominantly from the world of film, theatre and television/radio – writers, actors, producers and directors ranging from Shakespeare and Voltaire to major late-twentieth-century figures such as Spike Milligan, Sam Peckinpah and Frank Sinatra, by way of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Orson Welles and Judy Garland. Irish artists featured include Oliver St. John Gogarty, Jimmy O’Dea and Richard Harris. The chapters, which range from quite brief vignettes to more in-depth studies, examine the background of each individual before considering their personality, social relationships and work. Professor Fitzgerald brings his expertise to bear in elucidating the psychological factors, strengths and frailties that shaped the lives and careers of these prominent creators, many of whom are regarded as geniuses. The lives of extraordinary artists are of interest in themselves; when their stories are told from the perspective of expert psychological insight, the results are fascinating and revealing.
(Imprint: Nova)

Synopsis

About the Author

Acknowledgments

The Psychology of Stage and Screen

Creativity and Actors

Identity Diffusion, Postmodernism, and Creativity

PART I: ACTORS

Chapter 1 - Henry Irving (pp. 3-8)

Chapter 2 - David Garrick (pp. 9-12)

Chapter 3 - Orson Welles (pp. 13-28)

Chapter 4 - John Gielgud (pp. 29-32)

Chapter 5 - Rudolph Valentino (pp. 33-36)

Chapter 6 - Michael Redgrave (pp. 37-40)

Chapter 7 - Charles Laughton (pp. 41-44)

Chapter 8 - Frank Sinatra (pp. 45-48)

Chapter 9 - Richard Burton (pp. 49-52)

Chapter 10 - James Stewart (pp. 53-56)

Chapter 11 - Alec Guinness (pp. 57-60)

Chapter 12 - James Mason (pp. 61-64)

Chapter 13 - Micheál Mac Liammóir (pp. 65-68)

Chapter 14 - Harry Houdini (pp. 69-72)

Chapter 15 - Richard Harris (pp. 73-74)

Chapter 16 - David Niven (pp. 75-78)

Chapter 17 - Ellen Terry (pp. 79-82)

Chapter 18 - Greta Garbo (pp. 83-86)

Chapter 19 - Leni Riefenstahl (pp. 87-90)

Chapter 20 - Judy Garland (pp. 91-94)

Chapter 21 - Mata Hari (pp. 95-98)

Chapter 22 - Groucho Marx (pp. 99-102)

Chapter 23 - Peter Sellers (pp. 103-106)

Chapter 24 - Tony Hancock (pp. 107-110)

Chapter 25 - Kenneth Williams (pp. 111-114)

Chapter 26 - W. C. Fields (pp. 115-118)

Chapter 27 - Spike Milligan (pp. 119-122)

Chapter 28 - Jimmy O‟Dea (pp. 123-124)

PART II: DIRECTORS

Chapter 29 - Cecil B. DeMille (pp. 127-132)

Chapter 30 - Constantin Stanislavski (pp. 133-138)

Chapter 31 - Federico Fellini (pp. 139-142)

Chapter 32 - Tyrone Guthrie (pp. 134-146)

Chapter 33 - Alfred Hitchcock (pp. 147-150)

Chapter 34 - Luis Buñuel (pp. 151-156)

Chapter 35 - Walt Disney (pp. 157-162)

Chapter 36 - Otto Preminger (pp. 163-166)

Chapter 37 - Sergei Eisenstein (pp. 167-170)

Chapter 38 - John Schlesinger (pp. 171-174)

Chapter 39 - Sam Peckinpah (pp. 175-178)

Chapter 40 - Frank Capra (pp. 179-182)

Chapter 41 - George Cukor (pp. 183-186)

PART III: COMPOSERS AND CONDUCTORS

Chapter 42 - Leonard Bernstein (pp. 189-194)

Chapter 43 - Leopold Stokowski (pp. 195-198)

PART IV: WRITERS

Chapter 44 - Anton Chekhov (pp. 201-206)

Chapter 45 - Henrik Ibsen (pp. 207-214)

Chapter 46 - Luigi Pirandello (pp. 215-218)

Chapter 47 - John Osborne (pp. 219-222)

Chapter 48 - T. S. Eliot (pp. 223-226)

Chapter 49 - F. Scott Fitzgerald (pp. 227-230)

Chapter 50 - Friedrich Schiller (pp. 231-234)

Chapter 51 - Voltaire (pp. 235-238)

Chapter 52 - Truman Capote (pp. 239-242)

Chapter 53 - Oliver St John Gogarty (pp. 243-244)

Chapter 54 - Ian Fleming (pp. 245-248)

Chapter 55 - Philip K. Dick (pp. 249-254)

Chapter 56 - William Shakespeare (pp. 255-258)

PART V: PRODUCERS/FINANCIERS

Chapter 57 - Sam Spiegel (pp. 261-264)

Chapter 58 - William Randolph Hearst (pp. 265-270)

Chapter 59 - Samuel Goldwyn (pp. 271-276)

Chapter 60 - Howard Hughes (pp. 277-282)

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