Identity's Architect: A Biography of Erik H. Erikson

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Harvard University Press, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 592 pages
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Identity's Architect is the first comprehensive biography of Erik Erikson, postwar America's most influential psychological thinker, who decisively reshaped our views of human development.

Drawing on private materials and extensive interviews, award-winning historian Lawrence J. Friedman illuminates the relationship between Erikson's personal life and his groundbreaking notion of the life cycle and the identity crisis. A decade in the making, this book is indispensable for anyone who hopes to understand fully the life and intellectual legacy of one of the most significant figures of our time.

 

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A voice of hope amidst the pathologists of psychoanalysis, Erikson was committed to describing people's minds in a healthy state. In this complex, nicely rendered biography, Friedman draws a fine ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword
15
Preface
19
Toward a New Beginning Infancy Childhood Youth
27
Vienna Years Psychoanalysis as a Calling 192733
59
The Making of an American From Homburger to Erikson 193339
103
A CrossCultural Mosaic Childhood and Society
149
Lives in Cycle Childhood and Society II
199
Voice and Authenticity The 1950s
243
Global Prophet Eriksons Truth
365
Public and Private Matters of Old Age
419
The Shadow of Nonbeing
457
Postscript
479
A Bibliographical Note
483
Notes
487
Index
569
Copyright

Professor and Public Intellectual The 1960s
303

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About the author (2000)

Friedman is professor of history at Indiana University. He directs the Indiana Arts and Humanities Forum and is an activist for the rights of minorities, scholars, and the mentally ill.

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