Locked Up: ‘Patients’ and their Gaolers. For the centenary of Thomas Szasz (15 April 2020)


Locked Up: ‘Patients’ and their Gaolers

For the centenary of the birth of 
Thomas Szasz
15 April 1920  8 September 2012

Copyright © Anthony Stadlen 2020 


This is a list of some remarkable people who have been imprisoned in ‘asylums’ and ‘psychiatric institutions on the grounds of what used to be called their ‘lunacy’ and nowadays is called their ‘mental health issues’. They used to be called ‘lunatics’ and now are called ‘patients’ or service users’ – and when they are locked up, ‘secure service users’. They are said to be ‘experiencing psychosis’; this masks the fact that ‘psychosis’ is attributed to them as the justification for locking them up. Some of these locked up ‘patients’ have been the subjects of Inner Circle Seminars conducted by them or by researchers or biographers who have made a deep study of them. In this list, such seminars are indicated by a link.



Alexander Cruden
31 May 1701 – 1 November 1770
Locked Up: ‘Patients’ and their Gaolers. 10. Alexa...

Christopher Smart
11 April 1722 – 21 May 1771
Locked Up: ‘Patients’ and their Gaolers. 13. Chris...

Johann Christian Friedrich Hölderlin
20 March 1770 – 7 June 1843

Christiane Hegel
Sister of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
1773 –1832
Locked Up: ‘Patients’ and their Gaolers. 7. Christ...

Count István Széchenyi
21 September 1791 – 8 April 1860

John Clare
13 July 1793 – 20 May 1864

Nikolaus Lenau
25 August 1802 – 22 August 1850

Rosina Bulwer Lytton
Wife of Edward Bulwer Lytton
née Rosina Doyle Wheeler
4 November 1802 – 12 March 1882

John Thomas Perceval
14 February 1803 – 28 February 1876
Locked Up: ‘Patients’ and their Gaolers. 12. John ...

Gérard de Nerval
22 May 1808 – 26 January 1855

David Ochterlony Dyce Sombre
18 December 1808 – 1 July 1851

Hersilie Rouy
1814 – 1881
Locked Up: ‘Patients’ and their Gaolers. 11. Hersi...

Richard Dadd
1 August 1817 – 7 January 1886

Ignác Semmelweis
1 July 1818– 13 August 13 1865

Mary Ann (née Todd) Lincoln
Wife of President Abraham Lincoln
13 December 1818 – 16 July 1882

Charles Deas
22 December 1818 – 23 March 1867

Adèle Hugo
Daughter of Victor Hugo
24 August 1830 – 21 April 1915

Empress Carlota of Mexico

7 June 1840 – 19 January l927

Judge Daniel Paul Schreber

25 July 1842 – 14 April 1911
Locked Up. 3. Schreber/Freud Centenary Symposium. ...

Friedrich Nietzsche

15 October 1844 – 25 August 1900

Georg Cantor

3 March [O.S. 19 February] 1845 – 6 January 1918

Jose Karl Rädler

1847 – 1917

Edward Paris Nesbit

1852 – 1927

Hans Rott

1 August 1858 – 25 June 1884

Rachel Beer née Sassoon

1858 – 29 April 1927

Hugo Wolf

13 March 1860 – 22 February 1903

Linda Sibelius

Sister of Jean Sibelius
27 November 1863 – 15 May 1932
Locked Up: ‘Patients’ and their Gaolers. 5. Linda ...

Séraphine (de Senlis) Louis

3 September 1864 – 11 December 1942

Camille Claudel

8 December 1864 – 19 October 1943
Locked Up: ‘Patients’ and their Gaolers. 8. Camill...

Aby Warburg 

13 June 1866 – 26 October 1929

Otto Gross

17 March 1877 – 13 February 1920

Ida Irene Dalser

First wife of Benito Mussolini?
20 August 1880 – 11 December 1937

Gladys, Duchess of Marlborough

7 Feb 1882 – 1977
Locked Up: ‘Patients’ and their Gaolers. 9. Gladys, ...

Anna Wickham

1884 –1947

Alice, Princess Andrew

Mother-in-law of The Queen
25 February 1885 – 5 December 1969
Locked Up: ‘Patients’ and their Gaolers. 4. Alice, P...

Ezra Pound

30 October 1885 – 1 November 1972

Vivienne (née Haigh-Wood) Eliot

First wife of T. S. Eliot
28 May 1888 – 22 January 1947
Locked Up: ‘Patients’ and their Gaolers. 6. Vivienne...

Vaclav Nijinsky

12 March 1890 – 8 April 1950

Ivor Gurney

28 August 1890 – 26 December 1937

James Forrestal

15 February 1892 – 22 May 1949

Martín Ramírez

1895 –1963

Antonin Artaud

4 September 1896 – 4 March 1948

Emily Holmes Coleman

22 January 1899 – 13 June 1974

Antonia White

1 March 1899 – 10 April 1980

Ernest Hemingway

21 July 1899 – 2 July 1961

Zelda Fitzgerald

Wife of Scott Fitzgerald
24 July 1900 – March 10 1948

Carl Liebman

ca. 1900 – 1969

Anna Kavan

born Helen Emily Woods
10 April 1901 – 5 December 1968

Claire Delbos

First Wife of Olivier Messiaen
2 November 1906 – 22 April 1959

Lucia Joyce

Daughter of James Joyce
26 July 1907 – 12 December 1982

Rose Williams

Sister of Tennessee Williams
1909 – 12 September 1996

Frances Farmer

19 September 1913 – 1 August 1970

Vivien Leigh

5 November 1913 – 7 July 1967

Philip Graham

18 July 1915 – 3 August 1963

Robert Lowell
1 March 1917 – 12 September 1977

Leonora Carrington
6 April 1917 – 25 May 2011

Rosemary Kennedy
Sister of President Kennedy
13 September 1918 – 7 January 2005

Claude Eatherly
2 October 1918 – 1 July 1978
Locked Up: ‘Patients’ and their Gaolers. 15. Claud...

Louis Althusser
16 October 1918 – 22 October 1990

Ernst Herbeck
9 October 1920 – 11 September 1991

Charles Mingus
22 April 1922 – 5 January 1979

Josef Hassid
28 December 1923 – 7 November 1950

Janet Frame
28 August 1924 – 29 January 2004

Bud Powell
27 September 1924 – 31 July 1966

Marilyn Monroe
1 June 1926 – 5 August 1962

Anne Sexton
9 November 1928 – 4 October 1974

Sylvia Plath
27 October 1932 – 11 February 1963

Kate Millett
14 September 1934 – 6 September 2017
Locked Up: ‘Patients’ and their Gaolers. 2. Kate M...

Natalya Gorbanevskaya
26 May 1936 – 29 November 2013

Lady Lucan
born Veronica Duncan
1937 – 2017

Deirdre McCloskey
11 September 1942 – 
Locked Up: ‘Patients’ and their Gaolers 14. Deirdr...

Vladimir Konstantinovich Bukovsky
30 December 1942 – 27 October 2019
Locked Up: ‘Patients’ and their Gaolers. 1. Vladim...

Wang Wanxing
10 October 1949 –

James Rhodes
6 March 1975 –

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