Edited by Dr. Hendrik M. Ruitenbeek, PhD. Price, $7.50. Pp 269. Grove Press Inc, 80 University Place, New York 10013, 1966.
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The most satisfactory aspect of this book is its brilliant Op Art dust jacket, proclaiming its catchy title.
Grove Press, better known for their successful battle to bring D. H. Lawrence and Henry Miller to the American literary public, enter the field of psychoanalytic publishing with an anthology of 16 essays by as many analytic authors, culled from the International Journal of Psycho-Analysis. Presumably, this is an attempt to present a representative example of each contributor's work, since the range of subject matter conforms to no rational scheme. As a way of writing history, this method places far too great a burden on the reader and permits the editor to conceal his bias, since he does not justify his choices for the anthology. In this book, several authors are represented by examples of their work which hardly do them justice or illustrate a minor theme in their overall oeuvre. All 16 happened to be discussed in the recent historical work Psychoanalytic Pioneers (Alexander, F.; Eisenstein, S.; and Grotjahn, M. (eds.), New York
Gedo JE. Heirs to Freud.. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;15(4):439-440. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730160103016