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Who's your favorite Victorian-era madman?

Asked by Jeruba (49292points) August 4th, 2010

Friedrich Nietzsche?

Richard Dadd?

Robert Walser?

Which of the period’s beyond-the-pale eccentrics (male or female) do you most admire?

And would you have wished sanity on him or her?

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lillycoyote's avatar

William Chester Minor is one of my favorites and I have a sneaking suspicion that he might just be your kind of Victorian-era madman too, Jeruba. :-) Edit: And no, I wouldn’t wish insanity on anyone. I have seen it in the flesh, in someone I love very much, I have stared it in the face, I have seen how it terrorizes and destroys of person’s soul; how it destroys everything they are and could have been, and no, I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

Weird…Friedrich & I almost share a birthday (off by 2 days). Richard & I share the same name. Robert & I share a name & occupation. I root for all three!

I would never wish sanity on anyone. Just like I would never want someone to wish it upon me.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

Here’s a few more for the list:

Aleister Crowley

Helena Blavatsky

Alexander Scriabin

Scriabin’s madness was also musical genius. Blavatsky and Crowley merely amusing.

augustlan's avatar

I totally read this as “Victorian-era madam”.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

@augustlan We’ll need another line of research for that. ROFL

ucme's avatar

Not what you’re after I know but Jack the Ripper holds an enduring fascination. Yeah I kind of do wish the guy was sane, might have helped a bit.

Frenchfry's avatar

I second the Ripper..Well atleast I heard of him . I also know of Poe. It’s a toss up.

mammal's avatar

@stranger_in_a_strange_land wasn’t Mr Crowley more Edwardian?

Anybody with a Twainian/ Nietzschian sized moustache, a heavy dose of Syphilis and a disquieting countenance.

TexasDude's avatar

Nikola Tesla (He was active in the late 19th Century)
Mark Twain (Yeah, he was nuts, in the most awesome possible way)
William Seabrook
Liver-Eating Johnson
Francis Bannerman VI

Aster's avatar

Poe===but I love writers.

Sueanne_Tremendous's avatar

Aww crap disregard the above…I missed the “Victorian Era” part of the Q.

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