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Virginia Woolf. John Keats. Emily Dickinson. Edgar Allen Poe. All are considered brilliant writers, and all were considered to be mad. Quotes from these great writers flashed on the screen as the event opened.
“There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.” —Salvador Dali The romantic notion that mental illness and creativity are linked is so prominent in the public consciousness that it is rarely challenged. So before I continue, let me nip this in the bud: Mental illness is neither necessary nor sufficient for creativity.