Famous People With Bipolar:
Authors, Writers and Poets

The literary world is well represented in the list of famous bipolar people, as it includes novelists, poets, journalists and playwrights known the world over.

Among the names on our list are Hemingway, Twain, Poe, Byron, Eliot, Keats, and Tennyson. More contemporary names include Patricia Cornwell, Art Buchwald, and Agatha Christie.

Poets have been documented as being almost notorious for their percent of bipolar sufferers. It has been stated in books and studies that up to 50% of the more prolific poets over the years have had bipolar disorder, or at least severe depression.

The presence of so many accomplished writers and authors is not a surprise. Creativity is certainly a factor in writing success, and the bipolar mind is regarded by most as being very fertile ground for creativity to flourish.

A favorite quote of ours that was attributed to Edgar Allan Poe is as follows: "Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence – whether much that is glorious – whether all that is profound – does not spring from disease of thought – from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect."

Authors and Writers

Hans Christian Andersen
Arthur Benson
Tadeusz Borowski
Art Buchwald
C.E. Chaffin
Agatha Christie
Patricia Cornwell
Honoré de Balzac
Charles Dickens
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Alan Garner
Kaye Gibbons
Johann Goethe
Graham Greene
Ernest Hemingway
Hermann Hesse
Abbie Hoffman
Kay Redfield Jamison
Patrick Kroupa
Peter Nolan Lawrence
Jack London
Kate Millett
Robert Munsch
Eugene O'Neill
Margo Orum
Sylvia Plath
Edgar Allan Poe
Emily Post
Cynthia M. Sabotka
Lori Schiller
Sidney Sheldon
Frances Sherwood
Scott Simmie
Robert Louis Stevenson
Mark Twain
Kurt Vonnegut
Oscar Wilde
Tennessee Williams
Virginia Woolf


William Blake
Lord Byron
John Clare
Emily Dickinson
TS Eliot
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Edward FitzGerald
Robert Frost
Victor Hugo
Samuel Johnson
John Keats
Robert Lowell
Theodore Roethke
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Sara Teasdale
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Walt Whitman

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