SYBIL by Flora Rheta Schreiber


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Eve had only three faces; Sybil subdivides like a paramecium into sixteen selves including two males during the eleven-year period of her analysis with a Dr. Wilbur, initially blocked by her mother who was the root of her evils -- a schizophrenic, rigid, abusive woman who applied all sorts of instruments of force (a buttonhook, a flashlight) in areas where she shouldn't have. Mrs. Schreiber is a seasoned magazine writer (commendations from the Family Service Association for a Cosmo article as well as from Pat and Julie Nixon) who lets Sybil speak for herself as Peggy Lou, Peggy Ann, Vicky, Marcia, Vanessa, Mary, Mike, Sid, Marjorie, Ruthie, Helen, Sybil Anna, Clara and Nancy (did she lose one? did we?) during the long course of treatment, assisted by Pentothal and hypnosis at the close, in which her difficulties were traced back to her aberrant mother, her passively derelict father, and nine years of primal scenes. THE BOOK WILL HAVE A FIRST EDITION OF 400,000 copies and the only question will be just who will appear Today -- Peggy Lou or Peggy Ann or Vicky or Marcia? or Tonight -- Flora Rheta Schreiber? Anyway it's the kind of story Lucy Freeman would have sold her couch for.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1973
Publisher: Regnery