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The Last Good Freudian

Webster, Brenda

Published by New York, NY, Holmes & Meier Publishers, Inc., 2000, 2000
ISBN 10: 0841913951 / ISBN 13: 9780841913950
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Title: The Last Good Freudian

Publisher: New York, NY, Holmes & Meier Publishers, Inc., 2000

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition...


ISBN:0841913951, Hardback, 1st edition, signed by author on title page, Fine in a Near Fine DJ; trace of light wear to DJ and DJ edges, small crease to bottom corner of rear DJ flap, the author who has written both novels and non-fiction books, is a member of a prominent New York Jewish Family. Her mother was a protege of Arshile Gorky and her father the entertainment attorney for the Marx Brothers and other prominent clients. The author tells her story of how she was able to free herself from a lifelong addiction to Freudian analysis, illustrated with a photo section, 8vo., 193 pages., 0.0 0.0 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 09767

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Synopsis: 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.

About the Author: 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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