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Famous Flipouts in Literature and Film

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The philosopher Seneca once said, “There is no great genius without a touch of madness.” It’s likely that we all have a bit of “madness” in us, but for some icons in film and literature, this is how they are remembered. So, as winter roars along and we find ourselves waiting for March Madness to end, the library has compiled a list of some memorable “flipouts” of literature and film.

  • Frankenstein [DVD] : Frankenstein tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a man whose passion for knowledge leads to the creation of a hideous monster.
  • Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.  Whether it is Robert Downey, Jr.or Benedict Cumberbatch playing Sherlock, Watson his faithful companion, is surely, to refer to him as “mad.”
  • The Shining by Stephen King. An innocent five year old boy’s mind mirrors the nightmarish secret of a hotels past.Jack Nicholson
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey. One of Jack Nicholson’s most memorable roles as a  free-spirited mental ward inmate whose rebelliousness has him against odds with the head nurse, and his charm launches him to popularity with his fellow inmates.
  • Madness of King George by Alan Bennett. England’s King George III is slowly losing his mind. Meanwhile, the doctors arrive to figure out his condition and his son waits, and plots his next moves.
  • A Beautiful Mind [DVD] Based on the novel by Sylvia Nasar. A biography of John Nash, a mathematical genius. The handsome and arrogant Nash found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. He eventually triumphed over his schizophrenia and received the Nobel Prize.
  • The Professor and the Madman: a tale of murder, insanity, and the making of the Oxford English dictionary by Simon Winchester.  Dr. W. C. Minor, an American expatriate in England and Professor and the Madmana Civil War veteran, answered an appeal from Oxford English Dictionary to “men of letters” to help the huge undertaking of compiling words. Note: Minor was actually a certified lunatic who turned in his dictionary entries from the Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum.

If the cold seems to be dragging on endlessly and you find yourself  going a little “stir crazy” just remember, there is a bit of genius in all of us.

Jody, Adult Reference, Warrenton central library

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