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Author Greenacre, Phyllis.

Title Swift and Carroll : a psychoanalytic study of two lives / by Phyllis Greenacre
Published New York : International Universities Press, 1955


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 MELB  820.4 S977 Z/Grs  AVAILABLE
Description 306 pages : illustrations, portraits
Contents Jonathan Swift. Swift's life story ; Gulliver and Swift ; The clinical picture ; An interpretation -- Lewis Carroll. The life of Charles L. Dodgson ; The character of Dodgson as revealed in the writings of Carroll ; Reconstruction and interpretation of the development of Charles L. Dodgson and Lewis Carroll -- Certain comparisons between Swift and Carroll
Summary This is a psychological study of two men--apparently very different, in many respects nearly opposites. Only Dr. Greenacre's deep-psychological investigation reveals the intrinsic likeness which exists in all opposites. With care and thoroughness, she examines the lives and characters of the two authors and relates them to the themes and characters of their writings which have become English classics. Gulliver and Alice are immortal, and Dr. Greenacre also succeeds in offering an explanation of their universal appeal. Based on many years of real experience fathoming the unconscious, Dr. Greenacre applies the pathographic method with tenderness, thoroughness, caution, and a willingness to state possibility rather than to assert downright certainty. The fact that both Swift and Carroll were particularly uncommunicative and reticent regarding their personal lives makes this study even more fascinating, because Dr. Greenacre provides the key which inevitably opens a broad view of the inner workings of the writers' minds.--From publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-290) and index
Subject Carroll, Lewis, 1832-1898 -- Psychology.
Carroll, Lewis, 1832-1898.
Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745 -- Psychology.
Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745.
Psychoanalysis and literature -- England.
Psychoanalysis and literature -- Ireland.
Psychoanalysis and literature.
LC no. 55008236