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Mad, bad and sad : a history of women and the mind doctors from 1800 to the present

Author: Lisa Appignanesi
Publisher: London : Virago, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Mad, bad and sad. From the depression suffered by Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath to the mental anguish and addictions of iconic beauties Zelda Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe. From Theroigne de Mericourt, the Fury of the Gironde, who descended from the bloody triumphs of the French Revolution to untameable insanity in La Salpetriere asylum, to Mary Lamb, sister of Charles, who in the throes of a nervous breakdown  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lisa Appignanesi
ISBN: 1844082334 9781844082339 9781844082346 1844082342
OCLC Number: 587390761
Notes: Originally published: Sad, mad, and bad : women and the mind-doctors from 1800. Canada, 2007.
Awards: Winner of Medical Journalists' Association Open Book Award: General Readership 2009.
Commended for Mind Book of the Year Award 2009.
Commended for Duff Cooper Prize 2009.
Commended for Warwick Prize for Writing 2009.
Long-listed for Samuel Johnson Prize 2008.
Description: 540 p. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Lisa Appignanesi.

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