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Spivak, A.P. (2021). Warmed by the Fires: Selected Papers of Allan Frosch, by Joseph A. Cancelmo, Batya R. Monder, and Hattie B. Myers (Eds.), Queens, NY: International Psychoanalytic Books, 2019, 360 pp., $35.00. Psychoanal. Psychol., 38(1):91-95.

(2021). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 38(1):91-95

Warmed by the Fires: Selected Papers of Allan Frosch, by Joseph A. Cancelmo, Batya R. Monder, and Hattie B. Myers (Eds.), Queens, NY: International Psychoanalytic Books, 2019, 360 pp., $35.00

Review by:
Alan P. Spivak, Ph.D.

The book is a Festschrift for Allan Frosch, who died in 2016 at the age of 78. It is edited and contributed to by colleagues who, as Jane Tucker tells us in her commemoration, clearly esteemed Frosch “as a psychoanalyst, teacher, mentor and writer; he also was treasured as a friend and colleague” (p. xvii). It is not surprising, then, that each of the commentators, who introduce the 14 chapters of the volume, uses the opportunity to express respect and affection for the man, as well as his work. Many of them were close colleagues and/or co-study-group members who for years had occasions to exchange ideas with Frosch. Their close-up informed understanding of his creative thinking and their familiarity with the exceptional clinical work, as is revealed in this volume, undoubtedly positioned them to compose the concise, even elegant, summaries that introduce each chapter. Writings of many of these analysts are cited throughout the volume, suggesting that Frosch's collaboration with them, in turn, had significantly influenced his analytic thinking and clinical work.

In addition to the editors named above are contributors consisting of Tessa Addison, Sheldon Bach, Phyllis Beren, Marybeth Cresci, Elizabeth Cutter Evert, Janet Fisher, Richard B. Grose, Nancy R. Goodman, Joan D. Hoffenberg, Phyllis F. Hopkins, Richard Lasky, Anthony Mazzella, Michael Moskowitz, Ruth Oscharoff, Arnold Rothstein, Jane Tucker, and Neal Vorus. Undoubtedly the reader will recognize that this an accomplished list of psychoanalytic colleagues, many of whom are themselves distinguished authors.

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