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Finding the Piggle: Reconsidering D. W. Winnicott’s Most Famous Child Case
Edited by Corinne Masur
Phoenix Publishing House / Softcover / Feb 2021
9781912691630 (ISBN-10: 1912691639)
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Seven leading psychoanalysts – Deborah Anna Luepnitz, Brett Kahr, Christopher Reeves, Laurel Silber, Justine Kalas Reeves, Zack Eleftheriadou, and editor Corinne Masur – revisit Winnicott’s famous child case The Piggle.

Beginning with Deborah Anna Luepnitz’s interview with the adult Gabrielle, it leads into an archival exploration of never-before seen papers and correspondence relating to the case from Brett Kahr, before a reappraisal of the case from Christopher Reeves, and a further four chapters exploring the Piggle’s treatment from a range of modern perspectives. Including an excellent foreword from Angela Joyce, this book is a must-read for all psychoanalysts, trainees, fans of Winnicott, and those with an interest in child mental health.


The Piggle is one of the most famous and beloved child cases in the history of psychoanalysis. A two-year-old girl suffering from terrible nightmares, depression, and self-harming behaviours, the Piggle, came to Donald Winnicott for treatment. In writing up the case and allowing it to be published (with the posthumous help of his wife Clare and his student, Ishak Ramsey), Winnicott invited the world into his consulting room and allowed the inner world of the very young child to be seen.

Seven psychoanalysts rediscover the Piggle, meeting her as an adult, re-scrutinising the case as it was formulated by Winnicott, and suggesting new understandings of the Piggle’s material. Introduced by a foreword from Angela Joyce, the book features an interview with the adult Piggle, discussing her recollections of the treatment and her view of its impact many years on, as well as a meticulous historical overview from an investigation of ‘The Piggle‘ archive revealing previously unknown information, a critical, detailed reappraisal of the case, and reflections from several authors on how modern psychoanalytic technique might be applied to the case were the Piggle to be seen in 2020.

In this age, when the voice of the child needs to be heard more than ever, Finding The Piggle gives new life to this classic piece of psychoanalytic literature in which the importance of the child’s feelings and conflicts is made abundantly clear. With this comprehensive exploration, a new generation of clinicians and others can rediscover this important case and think about it anew.

Table of Contents:

About the editor and contributors
Foreword by Angela Joyce
Introduction by Corinne Masur

The name of the Piggle: reconsidering Winnicott’s classic case in light of some conversations with adult “Gabrielle”
Deborah Anna Luepnitz

“The Piggle Papers”: an archival investigation 1961 – 1977
Brett Kahr

Reappraising Winnicott’s The Piggle: a critical commentary
Christopher Reeves

The Piggle: rivalrous or bereft?
Corinne Masur

Child analysis is SHARED: holding the child’s relational context in mind
Laurel Silber

A child analyst looks at The Piggle in 2020
Justine Kalas Reeves

Inviting the Piggle into therapy: a contemporary perspective
Zack Eleftheriadou

Corinne Masur


About the Editor:

Dr Corinne Masur is a licensed clinical psychologist, a child and adult psychoanalyst, an associate supervising child analyst, and an adult supervising psychoanalyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia (PCOP). She has been in private practice, seeing mothers and infants, children of all ages, and adults for over thirty-five years. She is the co-director of The Parent Child Center and a founder of the Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalytic Education (PCPE) and The Philadelphia Declaration of Play, an organisation which advocates for the right of all children to have access to free, imaginative play. She is a member of The Difficult Cases Study Group at PCOP and The Child Relational Study Group of The Institute for Relational Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (IRPP). She is author of the blog Thoughtful Parenting ( and she has written, lectured, and taught on a variety of subjects including early childhood bereavement, mourning, the denial of death in psychoanalysts and psychotherapists, child development, the development of trust in childhood, the effect of divorce on children, and she has recently published a book entitled Flirting With Death: Psychoanalysts Consider Mortality. She is on the faculty at PCOP and is a three-time recipient of the J. Alexis Burland Award for excellence in teaching.

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