In 1978, the eminent psychoanalyst and historian Brett Kahr, then a psychology undergraduate, developed a passion for the work of Sigmund Freud and embarked upon a what became a lifetime of interviewing the last surviving men and women who personally knew Freud, his daughter Anna Freud, and virtually all of the iconic figures in the early psychoanalytical movement.
When Kahr worked at the Freud Museum, he shared an office in Anna Freud's old bedroom, and this unique setting, surrounded by Miss Freud's private papers, inspired the title of this gripping, tell-all memoir. Kahr reminisces about his youthful encounters with numerous psychoanalysts who knew Sigmund Freud personally, such as the multimillionaire Muriel Gardiner who cared for Freud's patient the "Wolf Man" during his later years, as well as Josefine Stross, the physician who escorted Freud onto the Orient Express in June, 1938, helping him to flee from the Nazis. Readers will delight in anecdotes about such wide-ranging personalities as Freud's famous patient "Little Hans," the Princess Marie Bonaparte, and other early foundational figures of psychoanalysis.
A page-turner readers won't be able to put down, Six Months in Anna Freud's Bedroom will educate and entertain. Above all, Kahr's generous and touching memoir offers newcomers to the psychotherapeutic profession a sense of how one cherishes the "tribal elders" and learns from their lifetime of experience and wisdom.
About the Author:
Professor Brett Kahr has worked in the mental health field for over 35 years. He is a senior fellow at Tavistock Relationships at the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, London, and a senior clinical research fellow in psychotherapy and mental health at the Centre for Child Mental Health. A registrant of both the British Psychoanalytic Council and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, he has written or edited nine books and serves as series editor or coeditor on the Forensic Psychotherapy Monograph Series and the History of Psychoanalysis Series for Karnac Books. He is also a trustee of the Freud Museum in London.