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The Secret Artist: A Close Reading of Sigmund Freud (Hardcover)

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Widely acclaimed for giving "an understanding of the connection between Nietzsche’s personal experience and his most famous ideas" (Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times) in her biography of Nietzsche, Nietzsche in Turin, Chamberlain now renders a similar service to readers of Freud. In this book, part biography, part literary criticism, she takes the reader into the mind of Freud, toward a better understanding of the thinker, his work, and art itself. The very idea of the subconcious as a constant, active presence in our daily lives was Freud’s greatest contribution and has allowed generations of people to experience their lives more deeply. His rigorous exploration of the dynamism and structures of the subconscious, Chamberlain argues, was in itself an important work of art. Using Freud’s own writing on art and the aesthetic theories of thinkers ranging from Nietzsche to Lionel Trilling, Chamberlain examines Freud’s art and shows how his imaginative creations have revolutionized not only mental health, but our thinking about art in general, by opening up the individual subconscious as a subject. In elegant, accessible prose she describes how "Freud split the aesthetic atom, releasing a vast energy for individual creativity."

About the Author

The topics of LESLEY CHAMBERLAIN’S numerous books range from food to philosophy. Chamberlain is a regular contributor to newspapers and journals in Britain and the United States, including The Times and The Times Literary Supplement (both of London). She is the author of Nietzsche in Turin.

Praise For…

“Perceptive, learned, beautifully written, and intellectually stimulating.” –Literary Review

“[A] fine and subtle study of Freud the creative writer.” –Irish Times

“Chamberlain emphasizes both Freud's productive fascination with the irrational in publicly respectable ways . . . . The founder of psychoanalysis, she says . . . wanted to address the simple but fundamental question: 'Why can't there be more real and fulfilled loves?' The strength of this book is that the author sees this question hovering behind the couch.” –Los Angeles Times Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9781583222607
ISBN-10: 158322260X
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication Date: November 6th, 2001
Pages: 252
Language: English