Books by Frederick Crews

FREUD by Frederick Crews
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Impressively well-researched, powerfully written, and definitively damning."
A thorough debunking of the Freud legend by an accomplished author and academic. Read full book review >
POSTMODERN POOH by Frederick Crews
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"English majors, arise: Your field has been satirized, and well. Enjoy this in small doses, for it may be Crews's last Pooh, and you'll want to savor every semiotics joke that comes along."
A delightful sequel to the 1963 bestseller The Pooh Perplex that, like its predecessor, both skewers and synopsizes contemporary lit-crit approaches. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Like Freud himself, penetrating but flawed."
Two long essays by longtime Freud nemesis Crews that originally appeared in The New York Review of Books, along with reprints of 23 letters from psychoanalytic thinkers and practitioners, and Crews's responses to them. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 24, 1992

In essays that appeared mostly in The New York Review of Books, veteran critic Crews sets out to rescue major American authors through common-sense and empirical readings in an evenhanded but firm indictment of current academic ideologues and lit-crit theorists. ``My discussions of American novelists and their professor- critics will show that even within the theory-saturated academy, truly liberal criticism still exists,'' Crews declares; and, severing himself from ``conservative'' critics like Allan Bloom and Roger Kimball, he sets down what might be his own real credo: ``I want keen debate, not reverence for great books.'' And keen debate he provides, albeit not always along with the easiest of reading. Read full book review >