Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character

Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character

In this magisterial study of the relationship between illness and art, the best-selling author of An Unquiet Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison, brings an entirely fresh understanding to the work and life of Robert Lowell (1917-1977), whose intense, complex, and personal verse left a lasting mark on the English language and changed the public discourse about private matters.In his...

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Title:Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character
Author:Kay Redfield Jamison
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ISBN:0307700275
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:544 pages

Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character Reviews

  • Aida Ghazar
    Mar 27, 2017
    This is an interesting book .The author has done a very thorough research on Robert Lowell,his personal and literary life and his poetry and prose.Robert Lowell was a gifted poet who was suffering from mania and depression while creating very original and beautiful works of art .Ms. Jamison had expl...
  • Jeffrey Hatcher
    Feb 04, 2017
    The public, the student, and even health-care practitioners need more biographical exposure to people with mental illnesses. The only way to really grasp the nature and diversity of mental illness is via empathy. Brains have no moving parts and x-rays, MRI's and autopsies come up decidedly short for...
  • Julie Ehlers
    Mar 24, 2017
    Ugh, the writing is just deadly. I've been constantly looking for other things to do so I don't have to pick this up. That means it's time to move on....
  • Carl
    Mar 20, 2017
    Seventeen years ago I retired from my academic career as a scientist to immerse myself in poetry: in reading it, in writing it, and in studying it and poets.Along the way I did encounter Robert Lowell and his poetry and specifically liked a couple of them: Skunk Hour and For The Union Dead. As for t...
  • Beverly Hollandbeck
    Mar 23, 2017
    I once had a college professor for a poetry class who believed that the explication of a poem should not involve the poet's life at all. She believed that when a poet wrote, he/she took on a "persona" that was not necessarily the poet. This book about the relationship between Robert Lowell's poetry ...
  • Kevin Adams
    Mar 20, 2017
    I've always wanted to learn more about Robert Lowell. I don't know why specifically. I've heard the name, knew the basic "bullet points" on him. The great poet, manic depressive, Bostonian...etc. When I saw this book was coming out I figured here was a perfect opportunity to learn that and more. I w...
  • Owlseyes
    Mar 19, 2017
    "I have a nine-months' daughter,young enough to be my granddaughter.like the sun she rises in her flame-flamingo infants' wear."---"What can the dove of Jesus giveYou now but wisdom, exile? Stand and live,The dove has brought an olive branch to eat."---"When the Lord God formed man from the sea‚Ä?...
  • William1
    Mar 22, 2017
    Very excited about this one. ...
  • Jennifer
    Apr 01, 2017
    My only complaint is that it got a little long and tedious, but this is a brilliant portrait of a complicated, talented man. Jamison's prose is gorgeous. I listened to the audio book and at times couldn't tell if she was quoting Lowell's poetry or writing her own descriptions. It was often the latte...
  • Neil
    May 16, 2017
    I have very mixed feelings about this title. First, let me say I'm a long-time fan of Lowell's poetry, and I'm interested in its connection to his manic depression. So I was excited that an author who writes in such a distinguished way about mental illness was taking him up as a subject.But I don't ...