On Giving Up

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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5.62 X 8.4 X 0.67 inches | 0.58 pounds

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About the Author
Adam Phillips, formerly Principal Child Psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital, London, is a practicing psychoanalyst and a visiting professor in the English department at the University of York. He is the author of numerous works of psychoanalysis and literary criticism, including On Wanting to Change, Attention Seeking, In Writing, Unforbidden Pleasures, and Missing Out. He is the general editor of the Penguin Modern Classics Freud translations and a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

"Phillips has rendered the term 'giving up' spacious and flexible, having woven together psychology and literature to reveal suggestive points of contact . . . Phillips makes an ambitious case: that giving up is as important to our psychological well-being as hope and love are . . . The best form of giving up, it seems, may just be to take up a book."
--Sarah Moorhouse, Los Angeles Review of Books

"One of the most arresting things about Adam Phillips's work is how it resists easy summary, dissolving into a trace memory the moment you try to describe it. . . . Phillips doesn't try to prevent us from thinking whatever it is that we want to think; what he does is repeatedly coax us to ask if that's what we really believe, and how we can be sure."
--Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times (An Editors' Choice)

"Phillips continues to find inspiration in Freud--not only the provocative concepts, but the allowances for speculation in Freud's language . . . The connectivity between his observations carries a certain charge, an impetus to be curious rather than strictly determined about and by our wants."
--Ron Slate, On the Seawall

"If this collection marks the beginning of Phillips' late style, we have a lot to look forward to."

"A thought-provokingly cerebral meditation."
--Kirkus Reviews