Becoming Freud: The Making of a Psychoanalyst

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Yale University Press
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6.3 X 8.52 X 0.8 inches | 0.8 pounds

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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.
'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--Salley Vickers "The Daily Telegraph" (6/21/2014 12:00:00 AM)
'[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" (6/15/2014 12:00:00 AM)
'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" (8/15/2014 12:00:00 AM)
'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" (5/31/2014 12:00:00 AM)
"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"
Clear and engaging.--Kirkus Reviews-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"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"
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

--Robert Pinsky
"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"