Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: To review an author’s works published in PEP-Web…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

The Author Section is a useful way to review an author’s works published in PEP-Web. It is ordered alphabetically by the Author’s surname. After clicking the matching letter, search for the author’s full name.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Coen, S.J. (1991). His Brother's Keeper: A Psychobiography of Samuel Taylor Coleridge: By Stephen M. Weissman, M.D. Madison, CT: International Universities Press, Inc., 1989. 349 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 60:513-515.

Welcome to PEP Web!

Viewing the full text of this document requires a subscription to PEP Web.

If you are coming in from a university from a registered IP address or secure referral page you should not need to log in. Contact your university librarian in the event of problems.

If you have a personal subscription on your own account or through a Society or Institute please put your username and password in the box below. Any difficulties should be reported to your group administrator.

Username:
Password:

Can't remember your username and/or password? If you have forgotten your username and/or password please click here and log in to the PaDS database. Once there you need to fill in your email address (this must be the email address that PEP has on record for you) and click "Send." Your username and password will be sent to this email address within a few minutes. If this does not work for you please contact your group organizer.

OpenAthens or federation user? Login here.

Not already a subscriber? Order a subscription today.

(1991). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 60:513-515

His Brother's Keeper: A Psychobiography of Samuel Taylor Coleridge: By Stephen M. Weissman, M.D. Madison, CT: International Universities Press, Inc., 1989. 349 pp.

Review by:
Stanley J. Coen

Who said psychobiography is dead? Here is Stephen Weissman writing an engaging, novelistic account of the life and creativity of Coleridge. Weissman tells his story well—simply, elegantly, with a minimum of psychoanalytic jargon, using psychoanalytic formulations in a spare but effective manner. The reader easily becomes absorbed in Weissman's personal and convincing rendering. His psychological reading of the interrelations among Coleridge's life, conflicts, and creative work is fascinating. This is a moving but sad tale. I recommend it to psychoanalysts, academicians, and literary critics as an example of fine biography illuminated through psychoanalytic psychology. The criticisms I offer involve matters of taste, bias, and perspective. In no way should they be understood as detracting from Weissman's accomplishment.

Weissman is more concerned with telling his story well than with elaborating a psychoanalytic theory of artistic creativity. Thus the hypotheses he offers can be accepted or rejected, in whole or in part, without detracting from his overall work. In the introduction, he outlines briefly his psychology of artistic creativity as involving issues of loss, separation, sensitivity, and depression, which are managed by creative imagery transformed into permanent works. Creativity

- 513 -

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2017, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.