Shakspeare's delineations of insanity, imbecility, and suicide.

Kellogg, Abner Otis, 1818-1888.

New York : Hurd & Houghton, 1866.

Description : [1 l.] frontis., [1 l.] p., 204 p.. ; ill.: 1 phot. ; 18.5 cm.

Photograph : albumen portrait of Dr. Kellogg, pasted on extra front flyleaf.

Subject : Brain — Psychogenic & functional disorders ; treatment ; insanity in art & literature.

Notes :

Kellogg's monograph collates and reprints a series of papers that first appeared in the American Journal of Insanity, the influential journal of the Utica Asylum. Kellogg was not the first alienist to discover a revelatory "system of psychological medicine" in the plays of Shakespeare, but he was certainly the most cogent, and his monograph remains an important resource in Shakespearean studies. It anticipates the later "uncanny" writings of Freud on art and literature. Kellogg's chapter on Cordelia is an exegesis for the "moral treatment" of the mentally ill, the powerful reform movement then sweeping across America, led by Dorothy Lynde Dix (1802-1887). This is an example of hard to find, separate copies of a book edition, bound with an extra flyleaf with an author's photo for private distribution.

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