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The Spontaneous Gesture

Selected Letters of D.W. Winnicott, 1st Edition

By F. Robert Rodman, Donald W. Winnicott


212 pages

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The collected letters of Donald Winnicott, a central figure in British psychoanalysis in the first post-Freud generation. They provide a vivid picture of Winnicott’s ideas and personality. Winnicott’s writings have become more and more influential over the years. His letters, published here, command immediate attention. Together with an insightful introduction by F. Robert Rodman, who sketches Winnicott’s life and traces the development of his ideas, they provide a vivid picture of the thought and personality of a man who has taught us much about our deepest selves.

Table of Contents

Preface -- Introduction -- To Violet Winnicott -- To Mrs. Neville Chamberlain -- To Kate Friedlander -- To the Editor, British Medical Journal -- To Lord Beveridge -- To the Editor, the Times -- To Ella Sharpe -- To Anna Freud -- To Paul Federn -- To the Editor, British Medical Journal -- To Marjorie Stone -- To the Editor, the Times -- To R. S. Hazlehurst -- To S. H. Hodge -- To Otho W. S. Fitzgerald -- To the Editor, the Times -- To P. D. Scott -- To James Strachey -- To Edward Glover -- To Hanna Segal -- To Augusta Bonnard -- To Willi Hoffer -- To H. Ezriel -- To Ernest Jones -- To Melanie Klein -- To Roger Money-Kyrle -- To Herbert Rosenfeld -- To Hanna Segal -- To W. Clifford M. Scott -- To Esther Bick -- To Sylvia Payne -- To David Rapaport -- To Hannah Ries -- To W. Clifford M. Scott -- To W. Clifford M. Scott -- To Anna Freud -- To Betty Joseph -- To W. Clifford M. Scott -- To Sir David K. Henderson -- To John Bowlby -- To Klara Frank -- To Sir David K. Henderson -- To Anna Freud and Melanie Klein -- To Michael Fordham -- To Harry Guntrip -- To The Editor, the Times -- To Harry Guntrip -- To Roger Money-Kyrle -- To D. Chaplin -- To the Editor, the Times -- To Roger Money-Kyrle -- To Emilio Rodrigue -- To Charles F. Rycroft -- To Michael Fordham -- To Hanna Segal -- To Wilfred R. Bion -- To Anna Freud -- To Joan Riviere -- To Enid Balint -- To Gabriel Casuso -- To Oliver H. Lowry -- To J. P. M. Tizard -- To Barbara Lantos -- To Anna M. Kulka -- To Thomas Main -- To Melanie Klein -- To Martin James -- To Augusta Bonnard -- To Augusta Bonnard -- To Joan Riviere -- To R. D. Laing -- To Herbert Rosenfeld -- To Victor Smirnoff -- To Donald Meltzer -- To Elliot Jaques -- To Thomas Szasz -- To Michael Balint -- To Jacques Lacan -- To A. R. Luria -- To Wilfred R. Bion -- To Masud Khan -- To Wilfred R. Bion -- To Benjamin Spock -- To Ronald McKeith -- To Timothy Raison -- To the Editor, New Society -- To the Observer -- To John O. Wisdom -- To the Editor, the Observer -- To Mrs. B. J. Knopf -- To Humberto Nagera -- To Michael Fordham -- To Michael Fordham -- To Charles Anthony Storr -- To the Editor, the Times -- To Herbert Rosenfeld -- To Hans Thorner -- To a Confidant -- To Lili E. Peller -- To Sylvia Payne -- To Donald Meltzer -- To a Patient -- To D. N. Parfitt -- To Mrs. P. Aitken -- To a Colleague -- To Margaret Torrie -- To Margaret Torrie -- To Wilfred R. Bion -- To Gillian Nelson -- To Charles Clay Dahlberg -- To Marjorie Spence -- To Marjorie Spence -- To R. S. W. Dowling -- To Donald Gough -- To L. Joseph Stone -- To Adam Limentani -- To F. Robert Rodman -- To an American Correspondent -- To Anna Freud -- To J. D. Collinson -- To M. B. Conran -- To Agnes Wilkinson -- To William W. Sargant -- To Helm Stierlin -- To Robert Tod -- Winnicott's Correspondents

About the Authors

F. Robert Rodman M.D., practices psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, he is a member of the Centre for Advanced Psychoanalytic Studies, Princeton, New Jersey, and the author of 'Not Dying: A Memoir' and 'Keeping Hope Alive: On Becoming a Psychotherapist'. Donald Winnicott (1896-1971) was trained in paediatrics, a profession that he practiced to the end of his life, in particular at the Paddington Green Children's Hospital. He began analysis with James Strachey in 1923, became a member of the British Psycho-Analytical Society in 1935, and twice served as its President. He was also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and of the British Psychological Society.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health