Touched with Fire

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Touched with Fire
Author Kay Redfield Jamison
Language English
Subject Creativity and bipolar disorder
Publisher Free Press
ISBN 0-684-83183-X 9780684831831 0029160030 9780029160039
OCLC 85753373

Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament is a book by the American psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison that examines the relationship between bipolar disorder and artistic creativity. It contains a number of case histories of dead people who are described as probably having suffered from bipolar disorder.[1]


The book received the Lewis Thomas Prize June 5, 2013.[2]

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In a concert years ago in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the musical artist Leo Kottke remarked that his review of this book would be "When you're manic, you create. When depressed, you edit." [3]



  • Jamison, Kay Redfield (1993): Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament, New York, The Free Press. ISBN 0-02-916030-8