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“The Rack of His Imagination”: Literature and the Psychotic Experience

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The author wishes to dedicate this essay to the memory of F. Ellis McKenzie, teacher and friend.

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Mason, D.P. “The Rack of His Imagination”: Literature and the Psychotic Experience. Acad Psychiatry 41, 711–714 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40596-017-0807-0

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Keywords

  • Psychotic Experiences
  • Clifford Beers
  • Nijinsky
  • Nabokov Writes
  • John Perceval