A collection of stories about characters struggling with their mental health.
Read by Richard Mitchley, Laurel Lefkow & David Shaw-Parker (Unabridged: 11hrs 49mins)
Featuring stories by Nikolai Gogol, Amy Levy, Leo Tolstoy, Radclyffe Hall, Leonid Andreyev, Willa Cather, Vsevolod Garshin, Fyodor Sologub, Catherine Wells, Edgar Allan Poe, Charlotte Perkins Gilman & more.
For many of us illness refers solely to the physical. Accidents and disease wear us down, hiccup our life from childhood to old age. But everyone empathises, understands and helps us on the road to recovery.
Mental illness though can still carry a stigma. A case of ‘you’re not trying hard enough’, ‘or knuckling down and getting on with it’. But in more recent decades mental issues have come to be recognised as an illness, a disease rather than an affliction. We all remember horror stories of lobotomy’s and electric shock being used to ‘cure’ what society viewed as anti-social behaviour but illness, mental or physical is very real. Depression, schizophrenia, breakdown, psychosis, are alarming events to have or to witness.
In this compilation -
1 - Short Stories About Mental Illness - An Introduction
2 - Diary of a Madman by Nikolai Gogol
3 - The Yellow Wall Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
4 - Sokratics in the Strand by Amy Levy
5 - A Complete Recovery by Barry Pain
6 - Diary of a Lunatic by Leo Tolstoy
7 - Adventure by Sherwood Anderson
8 - Miss Ogilivy Finds Herself by Radclyffe Hall
9 - Hide And Seek or Pliatki by Fyodor Sologub
10 - Brothers by Sherwood Anderson
11 - Fear by Catherine Wells
12 - The Diary of a God by Barry Pain
13 - Shut Out by F Anstey
14 - The Miracle by John Davys Beresford
15 - The Lie by Leonid Andreyev
16 - The Fall of the House of Usher - Part 1 by Edgar Allan Poe
17 - The Fall of the House of Usher - Part 2 by Edgar Allan Poe
18 - The Last of Squire Ennismore by Charlotte Riddell
19 - Cohen of Trinity by Amy Levy
20 - The City by Leonid Andreyev
21 - In the Séance Room by Lettice Galbraith
22 - A Red Flower by Vsevolod Garshin
23 - Hands by Sherwood Anderson
24 - Silence by Leonid Nikolaevich Andreyev
25 - Paul's Case by Willa Cather