School of Genius - Anthony StorrLondon: Andre Deutsch, 1988, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sunned at the spine with a nick to the head of the same. Previous owners' name to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
From the cover: “In the field of psychotherapy, current wisdom assumes that intimate personal relationships are the chief, if not the only, source of human happiness. Yet the lives of creative individuals often seem to run counter to this assumption. Many of the world’s greatest thinkers and artists have not formed close personal ties. Much human pleasure and fulfilment, as well as creative achievement, come from solitude. Not everyone who lives alone is pathological or necessarily unhappy.
The School of Genius (taking its title from the historian Gibbon’s assertion that ‘solitude is the school of genius’) argues that solitude enables men and women to change attitudes; to come to terms with loss; to encounter their deepest feelings; and to make use of creative imagination. The capacity to be alone is a valuable human resource which ought to be more cultivated.
Dr Anthony Storr ranges widely through literature, music, art and everyday life to reinforce his argument, so that the book is full of lively detail and biographical interest. In the process, he successfully demolishes a great deal of what is currently accepted as ‘true’ psychology.”