By Brett Kahr
Donald Winnicott is presently the preferred writer in modern psychoanalysis. His writings are stated in bibliographies much more often than these by means of Sigmund Freud. And but what number psychological future health execs have really controlled to learn and digest the approximately twenty released volumes of Winnicott’s books, chapters, essays, studies, and letters?
Professor Brett Kahr, an award-winning biographer and pupil of long-standing, has resurrected Donald Woods Winnicott from the lifeless and has invited him for a memorable cup of tea at 87 Chester sq. – Winnicott’s London place of abode – during which the 2 males speak about Winnicott’s lifestyles and paintings in compelling detail.
After digesting Kahr’s hugely obtainable “posthumous interview” with Winnicott, readers can have come to obtain a radical review of Winnicott’s corpus of writings, and should have fun with the historic context during which he scripted his pioneering psychoanalytical contributions.
A hugely artistic workout in “imaginative non-fiction”, this ebook – the 1st in a brand new sequence entitled Interviews with Icons – will pride beginners and skilled execs alike.
Lavishly illustrated through Alison Bechdel--winner of the MacArthur beginning “Genius” award and writer of Fun Home--with unique drawings of Winnicott in line with unpublished photos of Winnicott from Kahr’s archive, this publication would be the ideal advisor for either scholars and students, and the proper reward for colleagues.
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DW: Yes, we engaged in lots of wars, lots of fights about ownership. My colleagues often thought that only they had the anointed right to practise psychology. But because of my Methodism, because of my natural Lollardy, I always did absolutely everything that I could do in order to share my knowledge as widely as possible. We need more than just a few hundred psychoanalysts to change the mental health of the country. BK: Perhaps we can return to your chronology, Dr Winnicott. What else can you remember from your time at the Leys School?
And those men taught me all I needed to know about a very different sort of life. They had girls, you see, and they taught me much more about sex than I would have learned from other sources. BK: Did the experience in the navy help you in your later work at The Green? DW: Indeed it did. You see, Paddington Green catered to very poor children, very poor families. I also worked at the Queen’s Hospital for Children in Hackney, in the East End of London. E 41 E So I saw the poor of West London and the poor of East London.
DW: I loved my nanny, and I really did keep an interest in her all my life. BK: I believe that you came to think of your nanny and all these other women – mother, sisters, aunts, servants – as your “multiple mothers”. DW: Yes, I often spoke of them that way. I had the benefit of not one mother, but maybe eleven! Not only did I get a lot of mothering from the women and girls at Rockville – that was the name of our house in Plymouth – but my aunt and uncle and all my cousins lived literally next door.
Tea with Winnicott by Brett Kahr