Diary of a Fallen Psychoanalyst: The Work Books of Masud Khan 1967-1972 - ed. Linda Hopkins and Steven Kuchuck


A highly controversial and divisive character, M. Masud R. Khan’s story is both fascinating and complex. The publication of his private Work Books present the man in his own words. Whether they will lead to his redemption or reinforce his ostracism, only time will tell but they do confirm his brilliance. Linda Hopkins and Steven Kuchuck present the first fourteen of his Work Books, which record personal encounters and opinions and provide behind the scenes insights into the development of some of his most important theories.

Masud Khan (1924–1989) was an eminent and, ultimately, scandalous Indian-born, British psychoanalyst. From August 1967 to March 1980, he wrote his Work Books, a diary in thirty-nine volumes, containing observations and reflections on his own life, the world of psychoanalysis, his evolving theoretical formulations, Western culture, and the turbulent social and political developments of the time.

In this volume, comprising the first fourteen Work Books spanning August 1967 to January 1972, readers will find fascinating entries on Khan’s colleague and mentor Donald Winnicott and other well-known analysts of the period, including Anna Freud. Khan’s unique charm extended to celebrity social circles, with cultural figures such as Julie Andrews, the Redgraves, and Henri Cartier-Bresson featuring in these pages of his diary.

This unique, first-person account of a particularly fertile period of European and American intellectual and cultural society is an absolute must-read for those interested in psychoanalysis, history, or biography.

Publisher: Karnac Books

Published: November 2022

Format: Paperback

Pages: 400

Dimensions: 15.88 x 3.18 x 22.86 cm

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