"True!--nervous--very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?  The disease had sharpened my senses--not destroyed--not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute.  I heard all things in the heavens and in the earth."  Edgar Allen Poe "The Tell-Tale Heart"

--NERVOUS PERSONALITIES--

Gussie Fink-Nottle 
from P. G. Wodehouse's Bertie and Jeeves books

Lt. Reginald Barclay
from Star Trek: the Next Generation

Piglet
from A. A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh

Raskolnikov
from Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment 

Eleanor Vance
from Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House 

Rupert Giles
from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The Second Mrs. DeWinter
from Daphne DeMaurier's Rebecca

Vida Louise 
sister of Elwood Dowd in Harvey

the two characters played by Victor Spinetti
in A Hard Day's Night and Help

The Narrator in
Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper"

Donald Sutherland's character in
Don't Look Now

and of course almost every character created by
Edgar Allan Poe 

 

--NERVOUS MUSIC--

Prokofiev.  Symphony Number 5

Khachaturian.  "Flute Concerto" (sometimes arranged for violin)

Ralph Vaughan Williams.  Symphony Number 6

The Rolling Stones.  "Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown"

Franz Schubert.  "The Erle King"

Francis Poulenc.  "Organ Concerto"

 

 

 
 

The Works of Edgar Allan Poe


 

Mark Hamill's dramatic reading of Franz Kafka's "The Country Doctor"

 

Hour of the Wolf -- Table of Contents--Hour of the Wolf is a late night radio program dedicated to science fiction and fantasy, originating in New York city, which is terribly frustrating to all of us who don't live there. However, their web page provides some fascinating resources for these genres--and one of the best directories to on-line science fiction and fantasy texts!
 

Dreamline: Dave McKean--An excellent collection of some of Dave McKean's angst-ridden, non-Sandman cover work--but it's very slow loading, which is tough on the nerves . . .

 

 

The H. P. Lovecraft Archive


--The Book of Nerves--

Please help me expand my worrisomely short list of outstanding nervous people (whether real, fictional, or undecided) and anxiety-ridden music. 

In your view what Outstanding Nervous Personality, Work of Art, or Piece of Music you think belongs on this list?

janet.campbell@verizon.net

 

 

This page was last modified on Sunday, the Ninth of November of some year or other and has been visited a mysterious number of times--somebody seems to be watching me, but I don't know who . . . 

 

 

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