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After an introductory chapter tracing the Greek origins and subsequent European development of the idea that the artist is diseased, suffering from a "divinely inspired insanity," Meyers focuses on eight works of fiction: Tolstoy's "The Death of Ivan Ilych" (1886); Hemingway's "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" (1936); Gide's The Immoralist (1902); Mann's The Magic Mountain (1924), Doctor Faustus (1947), and The Black Swan (1953); A. E. Ellis's The Rack (1958); and Solzhenitsyn's Cancer Ward (1969). Despite Meyers's title, only five of these works are novels; only one—Tolstoy's novella—was published before 1900; and Cancer Ward was not published until the late 1960s.
Disease and the Novel, 1880-1960.. Ann Intern Med. 1987;107:606. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-107-4-606_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;107(4):606.
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