Anna Freud: A Biography

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Yale University Press, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages
This edition of Elisabeth Young-Bruehl's definitive biography of pioneering child analyst Anna Freud includesamong other new featuresa major retrospective introduction by the author. Praise for the Second Edition: Young-Bruehls description of one of the most complex but brilliant lights in psychoanalytic history has stood as a beacon to students of psychoanalytic history. It is the best most carefully crafted biography of any psychoanalyst and it illuminates the entire tradition with a clarity that only the exploration of the life of the daughter of the founder of the movement could possibly provide. It is a beautifully written insightful and remarkably edifying piece of work. The best has just got better.-- Peter Fonagy, Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis, University College London Praise for the First Edition: A gem of biographical writing. . . .Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune Lucid, erudite, briskly authoritative, Elisabeth Young-Bruehl . . . has given us the insight into character that makes biography an art.James Atlas Elisabeth Young-Bruehl is a faculty member at the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and a practicing psychoanalyst in Manhattan. She lives in New York and Toronto.

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The first authorized biography since Anna Freud's death in 1982, this detailed and insightful work reveals as much about the roots of psychoanalysis as it does about the life of this youngest daughter ... Read full review


Preface to the First Edition
Anna Freud and Dorothy Burlingham at Hempstead The Origins of Psychoanalytic ParentInfant Observation

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Elisabeth Young-Bruehl was born in Elkton, Maryland on March 3, 1946. She received bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in philosophy from the New School for Social Research in New York. She later trained as a psychoanalyst. She taught for many years at Wesleyan University and Haverford College. She wrote numerous books including Hannah Arendt: For Love of the World, Anna Freud: A Biography, Mind and the Body Politic, Why Arendt Matters, The Anatomy of Prejudices, and Childism: Confronting Prejudice Against Children. She died of pulmonary embolism on December 1, 2011 at the age of 65.

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