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The Three Christs of Ypsilanti - Milton Rokeach, Rick Moody
The Three Christs of Ypsilanti
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On July 1, 1959, at Ypsilanti State Hospital in Michigan, the social psychologist Milton Rokeach brought together three paranoid schizophrenics: Clyde Benson, an elderly farmer and alcoholic; Joseph Cassel, a failed writer who was institutionalized after increasingly violent behavior toward his... show more
On July 1, 1959, at Ypsilanti State Hospital in Michigan, the social psychologist Milton Rokeach brought together three paranoid schizophrenics: Clyde Benson, an elderly farmer and alcoholic; Joseph Cassel, a failed writer who was institutionalized after increasingly violent behavior toward his family; and Leon Gabor, a college dropout and veteran of World War II. The men had one thing in common: each believed himself to be Jesus Christ. Their extraordinary meeting and the two years they spent in one another’s company serves as the basis for an investigation into the nature of human identity, belief, and delusion that is poignant, amusing, and at times disturbing. Displaying the sympathy and subtlety of a gifted novelist, Rokeach draws us into the lives of three troubled and profoundly different men who find themselves “confronted with the ultimate contradiction conceivable for human beings: more than one person claiming the same identity.” -
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781590173848 (1590173848)
ASIN: 1590173848
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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4.5 The Three Christs from Ysplanti
Nonfiction- From 1959 to 1961, three similar psychotic (schizophrenic, I think) patients lived on the psychiatric ward of the state hospital in Ysplanti, Michigan. Each of these men had a delusional system centered around the belief that he was Christ. Dr. Milton Rokeach decided to explore the th...
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