The Caricature of Love

The Caricature of Love

A Discussion of Social, Psychiatric, and Literary Manifestations of Pathologic Sexuality

Dr. Hervey M. Cleckley


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Originally published in 1957, this book by renowned American psychiatrist Hervey M. Cleckley focuses on two chief themes: sexual disorder and its influences, and a critical examination of some concepts of sexuality which are prominent today in psychiatry and psychology.


Dr. Hervey M. Cleckley:
Hervey Milton Cleckley (1903-1984) was an American psychiatrist and pioneer in the field of psychopathy. His book The Mask of Sanity (1941) provided the most influential clinical description of psychopathy in the 20th century. The term “mask of sanity” derived from Cleckley’s belief that a psychopath can appear normal and even engaging, but that the “mask” conceals a mental disorder.

Born in Augusta, Georgia, to Dr. William Cleckley and Cora Cleckley, he graduated from the Academy of Richmond County high school in 1921, then graduated in 1924 summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens. He won a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University, England, and graduated in 1926 with a Bachelor of Arts. He then earned his M.D. from the University of Georgia Medical School (now known as the Medical College of Georgia) in Augusta in 1929.

After several years of psychiatric practice in the Veterans Administration, he became Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at the Medical College of Georgia and in 1937 the Chief of Psychiatry and Neurology at University Hospital in Augusta. In 1955, Dr. Cleckley was appointed Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at the Medical College and became Founding Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior. He served as Psychiatric Consultant to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Augusta and to the U.S. Army Hospital at Camp Gordon.

He was a member of the Forensic Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry and Fellow of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the Society for Biological Psychiatry. He also worked in the private practice of psychiatry.

In 1956 he became well known for a vivid case study of a female patient, published as a book and turned into a movie, The Three Faces of Eve, in 1957.

Dr. Cleckley passed away on January 28, 1984.