Poets, writers and Novelists who contracted Tuberculosis

Famous people in histroy who have contracted and or died from tuberculosis
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Poets, writers and Novelists who contracted Tuberculosis

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Tuberculosis, known variously as consumption, phthisis, and the great white plague, was long thought to be associated with poetic and artistic qualities in its sufferers, and was also known as "the romantic disease".
Major artistic figures such as the poets John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Edgar Allan Poe, the composer Frederic Chopin, the playwright Anton Chekhov, the novelists Franz Kafka, Katherine Mansfield, the Brontë sisters, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Thomas Mann, W. Somerset Maugham, and Robert Louis Stevenson, and the artists Alice Neel, Jean-Antoine Watteau, Elizabeth Siddal, Marie Bashkirtseff, Edvard Munch, Aubrey Beardsley and Amedeo Modigliani either had the disease or were surrounded by people who did.

John Keats died of TB aged 29
John Keats died of TB aged 29
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A widespread belief was that tuberculosis assisted artistic talent, as witness the number of great artists who were affected. Physical mechanisms proposed for this effect included the slight fever and the toxaemia caused by the disease, which allegedly helped them to see life more clearly and to act decisively. In 1680 John Bunyan referred to it as "the captain of all these men of death".

With kind permission of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuberculo ... an_cultureThe peoples encylopedia



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