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 ...
  • 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?...
  • 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...
  • Lynda Archer
    May 13, 2017
    Robert Lowell was a Pulitzer prize winning poet, extremely bright and he suffered from bipolar illness / manic depression. Jamison does an amazing job of taking us inside the life , from birth to death, of someone who is brilliant, creative and suffers from a major mental illness. She makes an exhau...
  • Susan
    May 25, 2017
    A fascinating book by an author who has written widely on bi-polar illness, from which Robert Lowell suffered. Interestingly, she does not identify herself as someone with bi-polar illness, though her earliest work was about her psychological struggles and successes. (Or if she did, I didn't see the...