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Troubled Genius: 7 Biographies Of Tortured, Game Changing Souls (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 04/11/11 09:36 AM ET   Updated: 06/11/11 06:12 AM ET

They did brilliant work, they changed our lives, but how difficult was it to live theirs? Not a moment's peace for the writers, painters, scientists and computer geniuses whose troubled minds made living their own lives impossible. Is emotional torture, insanity and suicide always the price of genius?

"Out of Tune: David Helfgott and the Myth of Shine" by Margaret Helfgott and Tom Gross
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Margaret Helfgott, piano virtuoso David Helfgott's sister, shares the story of her brother's troubled life.
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This Troubled Genius
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