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Brinich, P.M. (1998). D. W. Winnicott. Thinking About Children. Edited by Ray Shepherd, Jennifer Johns, and Helen Taylor Robinson. New York: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., Inc., 1996. 343 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 67(4):727-730.

(1998). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 67(4):727-730

D. W. Winnicott. Thinking About Children. Edited by Ray Shepherd, Jennifer Johns, and Helen Taylor Robinson. New York: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., Inc., 1996. 343 pp.

Review by:
Paul M. Brinich

This volume presents thirty-one of Donald Winnicott's lectures and essays dating from 1930 through 1970. Many are quite brief and sketchy; the thoughts they contain are often presented with an informality that can be simultaneously refreshing and disappointing. Twenty of the chapters have not been published previously; of the remainder, most appeared only in obscure journals (e.g., the St. Mary's Hospital Gazette). Thus, the editors of the present volume do us a service in adding this material to Winnicott's published bibliography. In addition, Harry Karnac does a special service in making available, as an appendix, his extensive alphabetical and chronological listings of Winnicott's many papers which now appear across twenty-one different volumes.

Those readers who have not read Winnicott before will likely find the present volume uneven in quality and more than a little frustrating. Most of the essays here were not written for publication, and one suspects that Winnicott himself would have wanted to rework them substantially before committing them to print.

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