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Spitz, E.H. (1990). The Suppressed Madness of Sane Men. Forty-Four Years of Exploring Psychoanalysis: By Marion Milner. London/New York: Tavistock Publications, Inc., 1987. 309 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 59:137-142.

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(1990). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 59:137-142

The Suppressed Madness of Sane Men. Forty-Four Years of Exploring Psychoanalysis: By Marion Milner. London/New York: Tavistock Publications, Inc., 1987. 309 pp.

Review by:
Ellen Handler Spitz

Because I seek an image, not a book.
William Butler Yeats

Those who, over the years, have followed Marion Milner's journeys (see, apropos, Chapters 16 and 17 of the book under review) and delight in her sensitive, deeply personal, questing spirit, as manifested in such work as On Not Being Able to Paint, The Hands of the Living God, and Eternity's Sunrise, will rejoice in her latest volume. They will discover there a gathering of essays written over a forty-year period on a variety of topics but giving priority to her reflections on psychoanalysis and culture. This collection will also be of value to newcomers to Milner's work, because it offers an overview of her contributions in clinical, theoretical, but above all, applied psychoanalysis. While five of the chapters have been previously published by The International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, others have


1 Milner, M. (1950): On Not Being Able To Paint. New York: Int. Univ. Press, 1957; (1969): The Hands of the Living God. London: Virago, 1988; (1987): Eternity's Sunrise. London: Virago.

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