In this volume an inquiry into the nature of the creative process is attempted by paying close attention to the lives of various artists, poets, novelists and playwrights, and selected works of each in order to demonstrate an essential relationship between the two, and that it is most difficult to delineate the nuances of the creative act by treating them as separate entitites. Emphasis is placed upon the effect of early trauma, such as object loss and various forms of deprivation, as a powerful unconscious motivating factor and upon the dream and transitional object as facilitators of the creative effort.
James W. Hamilton was a board-certified psychiatrist living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He published extensively on various clinical and theoretical issues.
1 Object Loss, Dreaming and Creativity: The Poetry of John Keats2 Joseph Conrad: 1880-1910, His Development as a writer3 The Doppelganger Element in the Relationship Between Bertrand Russell and Joseph Conrad4 Pre-oedipal Considerations in the Works of Eugene O'Neill5 The Effect of Early Trauma upon Thomas Hardy's Literary Career6 The Significance fo Transitional Phenomena and Sublimation in the Life and Writings of Vladimir Nabokov7 Orwell's 1984 and the Creative Transformation of Intrapsychic Conflict8 Thomas Wolfe's The Lost Boy: Sequelae of Childhood Sibling Loss9 Heinrich Von Kleist and the Quest for Perfection and Immortality10 The Plays of Peter Shaffer and the Vicissitudes of Twinship Rivalry