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Madness & Art: The Life and Works of Adolf Wolfli
by Walter Morgenthaler
University of Nebraska Press 
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Reviewed by Jon Hanna, 10/7/2010

Adolf Wölfli (1864-1930) produced his prose, poetry, musical compositions, and drawings while living as a patient at the Waldau Sanitarium, near Bern, Switzerland. Walter Morgenthaler, Wölfli’s physician, produced a unique look at Wölfli in Madness & Art; it is one of the first books to focus on the art of a mentally ill person, treating him as an artist of merit, rather than viewing his work solely as a symptom of disease.

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Originally Published In : Erowid Extracts issue 17, Nov 2009

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