The myth of ‘You have to be a tortured artist’ is a myth. You can have a happy, healthy life and still go to all these crazy dark places in your writing, and then go play with your child and hug your wife.
Hamilton the Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
Lin does exactly what Shakespeare does. He takes the language of the people, and heightens it by making it verse. It both ennobled the language and the people saying the language. That’s precisely what Shakespeare did in all of his work, particularly in his history plays. He tells the foundational myths of his country. By doing that, he makes the country the possession of everybody.
Oskar Eustis, about Lin-Manuel Miranda and Hamilton
And here comes Hamilton, anti-bragging. In reality, before their marriage, Hamilton wrote a heartbreaking letter trying to shatter any romantic notions Eliza might have about marrying a penniless man. At the same time, he’s bragging about his top-notch brain. This swagger, built on a bedrock of total insecurity, is the contradiction that is out Hamilton.