TITLE

MARGINALIA

AUTHOR(S)
Malcolm Cowley
PUB. DATE
May 1952
SOURCE
New Republic;5/26/52, Vol. 126 Issue 21, p17
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article discusses literary trends. In the 1920s the prevailing form of mental disorder, especially among writers and artists, was a schizophrenic withdrawal from reality. The "ivory tower" in which so many artists took refuge was a schizophrenic's paradise. In his study of the symbolist movement, "Axel's Castle," writer Edmund Wilson described this type of artistic conduct as "the way of Axel." In the 1930s the prevailing form of mental disorder was manic-depressive. Instead of withdrawing into themselves like schizophrenics, the manic-depressives are likely to be active and extroverted, at least in the manic phase of the disease. Now in the 1950s the typical psychosis is paranoia, with its systematized delusions of persecution and grandeur, also with its repressed feelings of guilt that are projected on other.
ACCESSION #
14458468

 

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