Physiology and the Literary Imagination: Romantic to Modern

John Gordon '67 is the author of Phisiology and the Literary Imagination: Romantic to Modern, an impressive scholarly study, unique in its approach, which explores the impact of medical developments on writers including Wordsworth, Dickens, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Eliot, Joyce, Dylan Thomas and Sylvia Plath, as reflected in their works. By painstakingly analyzing their writings, Gordon, a professor of English at Connecticut College, casts new light on literary inspiration in seven significant authors spanning almost two centuries.


"No other work takes such a long view of medicine and at the same time examines the works of so many different authors with so small and detailed a lens... Gordon's work contributes new and pertinent ideas to studies of every author in its purview, throwing countless details and major concerns into sharp relief." -Amazon.com

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