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The Outsiders
When Arnold Ludwig reviewed the lives of over one thousand ‘eminent figures’ in his book The Price of Greatness, he found that the creative artists were en masse nearly twice as likely to experience depression and schizophrenia, and four times more likely to suffer from mania. In all categories, writers of poetry and prose were over-represented.

The Faustian pact between literature and lunacy can be traced back to the madhouses of the 18th and early 19th century, where the poets Christopher Smart, William Cowper and John Clare all practised their trade for varying lengths of time ...
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