(From 1859 to 1880, Joshua Abraham Norton thought he was E...)
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.
(Question: What is an eccentric? Answer: Anyone who, short...)
Question: What is an eccentric? Answer: Anyone who, short of being clinically mad, has found a way of adapting to life outside the social mainstream. David Weeks has interviewed hundreds of eccentrics, and describes their habits and characters in this book. Not only are these people bizarre (always) and creative (often), they are also healthier than "normal" people, even if they choose unconventional diets and/or housing. This finding came out of Weeks's worldwide research, a study of the medical facts about eccentricity. This book is a mixture of anecdotes about eccentrics past and present, and up-to-date medical findings, together with insights into mental and physical health.
During his career, Weeks worked as a clinical neuropsychologist affiliated with Royal Edinburgh Hospital in Scotland. He still holds the position of the head of Old Age Psychology there.