Becoming Freud: The Making of a Psychoanalyst by Adam Phillips

Dalrymple reviews a new book about Freud and doesn’t much care for it:

As a biographical study his book is worthless. Unfortunately, he is also an abominable writer… Wherever you open this book — as I have just done to page 105 — you find ill-written and highfalutin drivel… This book, published by a highly reputable university press, was written as a series of lectures at Cambridge. If anyone wanted evidence of falling standards, he need look no further.

The review is worth reading just for the putdowns. (A subscription is required.)

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