When we last heard of R.D. Laing (1927-1989), he was said to be arriving at lectures addled with hashish and brandy, and promoting rebirthing techniques to treat prenatal psychological trauma. Reflecting on this spectacle that Laing left the world, we are apt to forget that he was one of the most influential and controversial psychiatrists of the 20th century, whose books sold in the millions in more than 20 languages. Even at the height of his power, however, Ronald Laing was a mystery, a man of many contradictions, and it is this mystery that The Wing of Madness explores, searching out both the story of Laing’s life and the significance of his work.
The Wing of Madness: The Life and Work of RD Laing by Daniel Burston
Grey photographic paperback covers with grey spine. Edgewear and corner bumps, corner peel on font cover. Clean, tight pages and binding. Published by Harvard University Press in 1996. Biography. Measures 9×5.5 with 275 pages. Good