Rosemary Dinnage’s books include The Ruffian on the Stair, One to One: Experiences of Psychotherapy, and Annie Besant.


Lessons of the Master

Author, Author

by David Lodge
In 1909, in a mood of depression, Henry James burned all his correspondence. In Author, Author, a part-fiction, part-biographical reconstruction of James’s later life, David Lodge has him say: I hate the idea of people reading [letters] after we are dead…. And not only reading them, but publishing them, and …

In Love with Verdi

Verdi in the Age of Italian Romanticism

by David R.B. Kimbell

The Man Verdi

by Frank Walker
I had always wanted to see Sant’Agata, Giuseppe Verdi’s house some miles from his home town of Busseto in the Po Valley. He loved it so much, loved it like the peasant he claimed he always was, the sowing and reaping, the grapes for his own wine, the building and …

The Crack-Up

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

by Andrew Solomon

Where the Roots Reach for Water: A Personal and Natural History of Melancholia

by Jeffery Smith
Our times have been called, among other things, the Age of Depression: incidence seems constantly to rise, laboratories to bring out more and more new medicines. But in Where the Roots Reach for Water Jeffery Smith argues that it is more an Age of Anti-Depression. The old illness of melancholia, …

Lost World

Rodinsky's Room

by Rachel Lichtenstein and Iain Sinclair
“Could you tell me where Spitalfields is?” a lady from Australia asked me in London’s East End the other day. “Ah, Spitalfields—a magic, mythical place,” I said. “Created by novelists and historians and architects and performance artists. Very hard to find.” (Actually, what I said was, “I’m not sure.”) Then …

On the Road

Mad Travelers: Reflections on the Reality of Transient Mental Illnesses

by Ian Hacking
As the title declares, this is a book about reality. Or, more accurately, “reality.” Author of an impressive study of multiple personality (Rewriting the Soul, 1995), Professor Hacking here narrows down his interest in the extraordinary changeableness of mental symptoms to one circumscribed instance: a psychiatric epidemic of “hysterical fugues”—cases …


Coleridge: Darker Reflections, 1804-1834

by Richard Holmes
“How Coleridge does rise up, as it were, almost from the dead!” wrote Dorothy Wordsworth in 1808. It was only two years since he had returned from the extended travels in the Mediterranean that were intended to cure all his ailments, physical and mental. He was thirty-six, and since the …