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Promises, Promises: Essays on Psychoanalysis and Literature
     

Promises, Promises: Essays on Psychoanalysis and Literature

by Adam Phillips
 

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As an essayist, Adam Phillips combines the best of two worlds: the mastery of psychotherapy as a practitioner and a theorist-and a reputation as one of the best literary writers around. In this collection of essays, he brings the two gifts to bear upon each other, reaching far beyond the borders of psychoanalytic discourse into art, novels, poetry, and history to

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As an essayist, Adam Phillips combines the best of two worlds: the mastery of psychotherapy as a practitioner and a theorist-and a reputation as one of the best literary writers around. In this collection of essays, he brings the two gifts to bear upon each other, reaching far beyond the borders of psychoanalytic discourse into art, novels, poetry, and history to speculate on the relative merits of psychoanalysis and literature. In his quirky, epigrammatic style, Phillips shows us how psychoanalysis and literature at their best share the goal of shedding light on human character, the most fascinating of disorders.

Editorial Reviews

Sunday Times of London
The many and varied essays in Adam Phillips's book effervesce with interest.
New York Observer
When I imagine Adam Phillips writing these essays, I see him in a giant sandbox of ideas, happily pouring poetry and case history from one colored plastic pail into another.... The essays' joy is infectious.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786748624
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
06/16/2009
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
File size:
569 KB

Meet the Author

Adam Phillips has been called "the closest thing we have to a philosopher of happiness." Formerly Principal Child Psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital in London, Phillips is the author of such works as Winnicott; On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored; Monogamy; On Flirtation; Terror and Experts; Darwin's Worms; Promises, Promises; and Houdini's Box.

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