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Becoming Freud: The Making of a Psychoanalyst (Jewish Lives) Hardcover – 23 May 2014
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'[T]his short, meditative succeeds superbly in delineating the culture and thought processes that lay behind his work.'--Ian Critchley, The Sunday Times--Ian Critchley"The Sunday Times" (06/15/2014)
'More a biographical essay than a comprehensive biography, since it ends with Freud aged 50, this beautifully lucid book is jargon-free and richly informative, which is hardly surprising since Phillips was the series editor of The New Penguin Freud.'--Helen Meany, Irish Times--Helen Meany"The Irish Times" (08/15/2014)
"As a writer, Mr. Phillips specializes in paradoxes and antitheses -- almost all of which he puts forth thoughtfully and gracefully . . . An intelligent and well-written book."--Steven Marcus, New York Times--Steven Marcus "New York Times "
"An audacious book. . . . Its implicit goal, never stated but always clear, is to help us salvage the best parts of Freud's work while leaving behind the rest--the outmoded theories and unwieldy jargon that make Freud a caricature rather than an intriguing thinker."--Joshua Rothman, New Yorker Blog--Joshua Rothman "New Yorker Blog "
"A compact intellectual biography. . . . Phillips often illuminatingly reads Freud's thinking against the background of his life circumstances. . . . Probably more than any other psychoanalytically informed writer, Phillips has continued to enrich this mode of thought by literary means, through sheer force of style."--Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle--Kenneth Baker "San Francisco Chronicle "
"Phillips excels at re-describing concepts and experiences whose meanings appear settled, stale or too technical."--Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle--Kenneth Baker "San Francisco Chronicle "
"Adam Phillips is, I believe, one of the most engaging writers in the world on analysis and the analytic movement . . . Phillips's own love of the beauty and power of psychoanalysis here serves both him and the reader wonderfully well."--Vivian Gornick, New York Times Book Review--Vivian Gornick "New York Times Book Review "
'Becoming Freud offers more than enough proof that Phillips is the ideal author of a book about Freud.'--Talitha Stevenson, Financial Times--Talitha Stevenson"Financial Times" (05/31/2014)
"Telling a great story gracefully and with the clarity it deserves, in all its layers, Adam Phillips demonstrates that Freud remains central to the urgent questions of modernism-- social, political and cultural, as well as psychological. I will be thinking about specific sentences in this book for a long time."--Robert Pinsky
'The book's structure is bound by two constraints: the brevity of the period covered - the first 50 years of Freud's life (he lived until he was 83) - and his Jewishness. But, as with Shakespeare working within the strictures of the sonnet form, Phillips presses these potential limits to acute and dazzling effect.'--Salley Vickers, The Daily Telegraph-- (06/21/2014)
About the Author
Adam Phillips is former Principal Child Psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital, London, and is now a psychoanalyst in private practice. His most recent book is One Way and Another: New and Selected Essays.
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