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KIRKUS REVIEW

A psychoanalytical insight on the writer which is predicated on the theory that ""a writer is a person who tries to solve an inner conflict through the sublimatory medium of writing"". Believing that creative writing is the classical example of sublimation, and basing this study on fairly well known literary sources as well as clinical experience, Bergler discusses certain tendencies; the regression of the writer to the oral level after the failure to solve the child-mother conflict; alcoholism and homosexuality; the writer's block- which analysis can cure; the unconscious manifestations in a writer's work; plagiarism; the writer and society; and reader response and participation in the mystery story ... There's some interesting material here, of Freudian derivation, but the market is more circumscribed than his previous books, Divorce won't help and Conflict in Marriage (Harper).

Pub Date: Feb. 23rd, 1950
Publisher: Doubleday