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6 April 1995
When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals 
by Jeffrey Masson and Susan McCarthy.
Cape, 268 pp., £14.99, September 1994, 0 224 03554 1
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The Hidden Life of Dogs 
by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas.
Weidenfeld, 148 pp., £12.50, May 1994, 0 297 81461 3
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The Tribe of Tiger 
by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas.
Weidenfeld, 240 pp., £12.99, October 1994, 0 297 81508 3
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... JeffreyMasson and Susan McCarthy’s book is a collection of anecdotes, arguments and exhortations which insists on the analogies between human and animal being. The rationale given for this enterprise in Masson ...

The Guru of Suburbia

Elaine Showalter

16 December 1993
My Father’s Guru: A Journey Through Spirituality and Disillusionment 
by Jeffrey Masson.
HarperCollins, 174 pp., £16.99, August 1993, 0 00 255126 8
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... since his adoring parents had raised him to feel like the Messiah; in contrast, he recalled, his sister had had to settle for being the sister of the Messiah. I thought of David often in reading JeffreyMasson’s My Father’s Guru. In the conclusion of Final Analysis (1990), his comic and indignant account of becoming and unbecoming a psychoanalyst, Masson dropped some hints about his peculiar ...

Assault on Freud

Arnold Davidson

5 July 1984
Freud: The Assault on Truth 
by Jeffrey​ Moussaieff Masson.
Faber, 308 pp., £9.95, May 1984, 0 571 13240 5
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... A great deal of publicity has surrounded JeffreyMasson and his book, some good, some bad, but all of it enveloped by an atmosphere which has helped to obscure the important historical issues about the origins of psychoanalysis that his book raises. Yet ...

Going underground

Elaine Showalter

12 May 1994
The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes 
by Janet Malcolm.
Knopf, 208 pp., $23, April 1994, 0 679 43158 6
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... before the pleasure of hearing ill of the living.’ Since Malcolm herself, however, has been involved in a notorious case about libel and invasion of privacy brought by the modest and reclusive JeffreyMasson, the topical ironies of the book have attracted a great deal of attention in the United States. In the New York Times Book Review, Caryn James observed that ‘while the English fuss about ...

Fortress Freud

Mary-Kay Wilmers

18 April 1985
In the Freud Archives 
by Janet Malcolm.
Cape, 165 pp., £8.95, September 1984, 0 224 02979 7
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... Max Eitingon): maybe a history in which filial passions have played such a critical part can itself be taken as evidence in favour of Freudian theory. The current black sheep and family snitch is JeffreyMasson, the principal subject of Ms Malcolm’s second book. Masson made his first appearance in the international psychoanalytic community in the early Seventies and the community was dazzled. ‘He ...

Dubious Relations

Sander Gilman

20 June 1985
The Complete Letters of Sigmund Freud to Wilhelm Fliess: 1887-1904 
edited by Jeffrey​ Moussaieff Masson.
Harvard, 505 pp., £19.95, May 1985, 0 674 15420 7
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... Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, the former Projects Director of the Freud Archives, has brought out an English edition of what is in effect the key document for anyone with an interest in the history of the early Freud: Freud’s ...

Laying out the Moods

Sherry Turkle: The Seduction Theory

19 March 1998
Rewriting the Soul: Multiple Personality and the Sciences of Memory 
by Ian Hacking.
Princeton, 346 pp., £12.95, May 1998, 9780691059082
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... the Freudian edifice. Hence the resistance of psychoanalysts to the first proponents of MPD. By the early Eighties, however, the psychoanalysts themselves were under attack, taken to task, notably by JeffreyMasson, for disbelieving their patients. From Masson’s perspective, childhood sexual abuse was the real truth and psychoanalysis the lie. The abandonment of the seduction theory was, for Masson ...

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