Eccentrics by David Weeks

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From 1859 to 1880, Joshua Abraham Norton thought he was Emperor of the United States. Ann Atkin keeps 7,500 garden gnomes in her backyard. Brooklyn artist Peter McGough dresses and acts as if it were 1895. These are just a few of the eccentrics discussed by Dr. Weeks, the world's foremost expert on the subject.

About David Weeks

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Dr. David Weeks is the head of Old Age Psychology at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he has practiced for the past twenty-three years. Qualified as a clinical neuropsychologist, he is also a psychothera-pist and honorary fellow of the University of Edinburgh. His Super-young Project has attracted wide notice and received much recognition throughout the world. He was born and raised in New Jersey, and as a Navy submariner helped to navigate under the North Polar ice cap. He also now works as a syndicated freelance columnist and a filmmaker, and is a regular broadcaster on the BBC. He is the co-author, with Jamie James, of Eccentrics. Jamie James was born in Houston, Texas. He writes about science and the arts for many leading publications, including The New Yorker, Outside, and Condé Nast Traveler. In addition to his collaborations with Dr. David Weeks, he is also the author of Pop Art and The Music of the Spheres: Music, Science and the Natural Order of the Universe. James writes about science & the arts
Published October 3, 1995 by Villard. 277 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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If Weeks and coauthor James (The Music of the Spheres, 1993) would only stick to vivid descriptions of Weeks's astonishing subjectsthe president of the Martin Van Buren fan club, the woman who builds perpetual-motion machines in her garage, or the two Brooklyn artists who live exactly as though i...

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In this entertaining, if insubstantial, book, Weeks, a neuropsychologist at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, and freelance writer James set out to examine the lives of those who, while not mentally ill, nevertheless veer significantly from conventional behavior.

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Even many diligent students of American history would be hard-pressed to recall Joshua Abraham Norton, who was—or, more precisely, claimed to be—emperor of the United States from 1859 until 1880.

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