Evelyn’s Waugh Pinfold Ordeal: Psychosis and Sleeping Tablets

Robert M. Kaplan

Affiliation: University of Wollongong, Sydney, Australia

Keywords: Evelyn Waugh, Gilbert Pinfold, Medical Literature, Chloral hydrate, Bromide, Alcoholism, Drug-induced psychosis, Addiction

Categories: Humanities, Social Sciences and Law

DOI: 10.17160/josha.9.2.808

Languages: English

Evelyn Waugh, the finest English prose stylist of his time, was not an easy character who drank and used tablets at will, regardless of the consequences. The events that followed were described in his short novella The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold, his most autobiographical work. The Pinfold character develops a full-blown psychosis with paranoid delusions, hallucinations and thought insertion.

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