The Price of Greatness: Resolving the Creativity and Madness Controversy

The Price of Greatness: Resolving the Creativity and Madness Controversy

by Arnold M. Ludwig

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The Price of Greatness: Resolving the Creativity and Madness Controversy by Arnold M. Ludwig

This book examines the lives and achievements of over 1,000 extraordinary men and women to address age-old questions about the relationship between mental illness and greatness. Filled with colorful anecdotes about many of the most eminent persons of our times, the book delves into many of mankind's greatest achievements, the special attributes of those who accomplished them, the unique circumstances of their lives, and the characteristics of their families. Written with a sophistication that will appeal to a professional audience and an accessible style that invites the general reader, this engaging volume reveals the factors that predict exceptional creative achievement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780898628395
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 03/24/1995
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author


Arnold M. Ludwig is the E.A. Edwards Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. He is the former winner of the prestigious Hofheimer Prize Award given by the American Psychiatric Association for his research on alcoholism and LSD. He is the author of seven books and over 100 articles or book chapters, covering such topics as altered states of consciousness, schizophrenia, hysteria, cravings, disability, sensory overload, and the nature of the self. His investigations over the past ten years have focused on the relationship of mental illness to creative achievement, as well as the nature of greatness.

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