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The Last Good Freudian

The Last Good Freudian (Hardback)

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The environment of New York City in the post-World War II era was one filled with new ideas and movements. The 1950s saw waves of Freudian disciples set up practices. In The Last Good Freudian , Brenda Webster describes what it was like to grow up in an intellectual and artistic Jewish family during this time. Her father, Wolf Schwabacher, was a prominent entertainment lawyer whose clients included the Marx Brothers, Lillian Hellman, and Erskine Caldwell; her mother, Ethel Schwabacher, was a protege of Arshile Gorky, his first biographer, and herself a well-known abstract expressionist painter. In her memoir, Webster vividly evokes the social milieu of her childhood--her summers at the farm that was shared with free-thinking psychoanalyst Muriel Gardiner; the progressive school on the Upper East Side where students learned biology by caring for real babies; and the atmosphere of sexual liberation in which her mother presented her with a copy of Lady Chatterly's Lover on her thirteenth birthday.

Growing up within a society which held Freudian analysis as the new diversion, Webster was given early access to the analyst's couch; the history of mental illness in her mother's family kept her there. As a result, Freudian thought became something which was impossible for Webster to avoid. What unfolds in her narrative is both a personal history of analysis and a critical examination of Freudian practices.

BiographyBiography: generalAutobiography: generalPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPsychologyPsychological theory & schools of thoughtPsychoanalytical theory or Freudian psychology Publisher: Holmes & Meier Publishers Inc Publication Date: 01/01/2000 ISBN-13: 9780841913950  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Brenda Webster is a freelance writer, critic, and translator and is president of PEN West. She is the author of Yeats: A Psychoanalytic Study and Blake's Prophetic Psychology , as well as the novels Sins of the Mothers and Paradise Farms .

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