The book will leave readers much better informed both about Asperger Syndrome and artistic creativity, but the recurrent sense of tragedy in these lives raises an even deeper question as to why suffering and struggle - either with self or others - seems to characterises the reach of greatness. It is almost as if genius is not something that naturally arises out of normal humanity but despite it.
Fitzgerald is mounting a novel argument that artistic creativity is in many instances throughout history profoundly linked with these psychiatric syndromes. The book is assembled in short chapters containing biographical sketches of outstanding writers, philosophers, musicians, and painters including George Orwell, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Andy Warhol, among many others. The question is raised whether the multiplicity of odd personality traits and behaviours are indicators of Asperger Syndrome.
Stimulating, provocative and entertaining.'
What features of Asperger's syndrome might foster artistic success? This is the question addressed by Michael Fitzgerald, who has already made significant contributions to the debate on autism and creativity. This new book from him is to be welcomed. Fitzgerald writes clearly for the layperson. His writing takes a psych-historical approach by documenting the life history and family background of persons with artistic genius and AS. The text will provide the reader with a greater understanding of AS and creative genius. This is an affordable and highly recommended read.