Bernard C. Meyer, M.D.,
Dr. Norman N. Holland,
Shakespeare And Psychiatry - Was Falstaff An Alcoholic?
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A leading psychiatrist. A literary critic strongly interested in psychology. A well-known actor who has played the part. All contribute to a stimulating panel discussion on the personality of Falstaff. The recording of their talk offers an unusual, in-depth study of a fascinating Shakespearean character.
In his sixth decade, Falstaff was the dynamic center of a group of younger tavern roisterers. Garrulous, playful, a butt of unkind jokes, Falstaff was also a man with complex problems. Why was "sack" (drink) so important to him? What part did it play in his life? How did he see himself? Was he really as interested in women as he professed to be? Was it joie de vivre, or was constantly warding off an underlying gray mood of anxiety and depression?
This is the direction the discussion takes. The result is a unique recording brought to you as a service of Sandoz Pharmaceuticals, producers of a new drug for the alcohol-dependent patient, Serentil*(mesoridazine).