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The Three Christs of Ypsilanti: Movie tie-in edition (New York Review Books Classics)

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NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE This landmark case study of three schizophrenic patients offers a “rare and eccentric journey” into madness, shining a light on the ethical dilemmas of institutionalized care in the mid-20th century (Slate) 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.”


  • | Author: Milton Rokeach
  • | Publisher: NYRB Classics
  • | Publication Date: January 22, 2020
  • | Number of Pages: 368 pages
  • | Language: English
  • | Binding: Paperback
  • | ISBN-10: 1681375079
  • | ISBN-13: 9781681375076
Author:
Milton Rokeach
Publisher:
NYRB Classics
Publication Date:
January 22, 2020
Number of pages:
368 pages
Language:
English
Binding:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
1681375079
ISBN-13:
9781681375076