Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me
by Ellen Forney
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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The Washington Post Top 10 Graphics Novels 2012 “An unfailing and often ruthless account of what it means to have bipolar disorder’ – Jean Crace, Guardian of Marbles is not just a beautiful story; it’s proof that artists don’t have to be tortured to be brilliantThe Weekly Entertainment, Shortly before his thirtieth birthday, Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorderSuffering from (but enjoying extreme mania, and terrified that the drug would make her lose her creativity, she began a long struggle for many years to find mental stability, while retaining her creativitySeeking to give meaning to the popular idea of “artist madness,” she finds her inspiration in the lives and work of other artists and writers who have suffered from mood disorders, including Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, William Styron, and Sylvia Plath.She also researches the clinical aspects of bipolar disorder, including the strengths and limitations of different treatments and medications, and what studies reveal about the enigma of trying to “cure” a brilliant mindDarkly funny and intensely personal, Forney’s memory provides a humorous but authentic insight into the effects of a mood disorder on an artist’s work, as she shares her own story through the black and white graphic images and prose textWritten and illustrated by Ellen Forney – best known for her work on the National Book Award-winning of L’Absolument Vrai Journal d’un Temps Partiel Indien
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