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November 12, 2012

Roethke, Sick and Well

Filed under: Today in Literature — Tags: , , , — Bookblurb @ 5:18 am

On this day in 1935, the poet Theodore Roethke was hospitalized for a manic-depressive breakdown, the first of many he would endure. Whatever the causes of his mental problems, Roethke’s biographers say that he kept working with characteristic intensity even when ill; one of his psychiatrists said, “I think his troubles were merely the running expenses he paid for being his kind of poet.”

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