Bipolar Authors and Characters

Was Jack Kerouac Bipolar?

What about Holden Caulfield?

I always wondered why Catcher in the Rye was my favorite book.

I’ll just tell you about this madman stuff that happened to me around last Christmas just before I got pretty run-down and had to come out here and take it easy.

– Holden Caulfield, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Sounds like many episodes I have had.

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  1. ColonialPunk

     /  March 2, 2012

    I found it so amazing that when I was in high school, practically my entire class seemed to be able to identify with Holden Caulfield. Since I was the only one experiencing full-on depression and crazy mood swings, I thought that was extremely interesting (if not full of bologna, who would identify like I could?). Just the burden of adolescence perhaps?

    I could never really read Jack Kerouac, but my friend (who is almost exclusively manic) loves him. Something about the paragraph long run-on sentences, I think.

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    • That always annoys me as well! My housemates favorite book is On The Road and I just started reading it. She is a completely stable person and would never live the lifestyle she admires. I just started reading it and it confuses me why she would love something that describes that part of me so well, but then be completely unable to understand my impulsivity and “madness.”

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