Dreaming for Freud

By Sheila Kohler
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143125198, 232pp.)

Publication Date: May 28, 2014

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Description
An award-winning author reimagines one of Freud's most famous and controversial cases
Acclaimed for her spare prose and exceptional psychological insights in her novels "Becoming Jane Eyre" and "Love Child," Sheila Kohler's latest is inspired by Sigmund Freud's "Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria." "Dreaming for Freud" paints a provocative and sensual portrait of one of history's most famous patients.
In the fall of 1900, Dora's father forces her to begin treatment with the doctor. Visiting him daily, the seventeen-year-old girl lies on his ottoman and tells him frankly about her strange life, and above all about her father's desires as far as she is concerned. But Dora abruptly ends her treatment after only eleven weeks, just as Freud was convinced he was on the cusp of a major discovery. In "Dreaming for Freud," Kohler explores what might have happened between the man who changed the face of psychotherapy and the beautiful young woman who gave him her dreams.



About the Author
Sheila Kohler was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She later lived in Paris for fifteen years, where she married, completed her undergraduate degree in Literature at the Sorbonne, and a graduate degree in Psychology at the Institut Catholique. She moved to the U.S. in 1981 and earned an MFA in Writing at Columbia. She is the author of thirteen works of fiction, including the novels Becoming Jane Eyre and Cracks, which was nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and made into a film starring Eva Green. Her work has been featured in the "New York Times, O Magazine" and included in the Best American Short Stories. She has twice won an O'Henry Prize, as well as an Open Fiction Award, a Willa Cather Prize, and a Smart Family Foundation Prize. Kohler teaches at Princeton University and lives in New York City.
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