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Anthony Storr (1920–2001)

Author of Solitude: A Return to the Self

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About the Author

Charles Anthony Storr, May 18, 1920 - March 17, 2001 Charles Anthony Storr was born on May 18, 1920 in London to a Reverend of Westminster Abbey and his wife. The two were first cousins, which may have lead to his poor health and depression. At the age of eight, he attended public school at show more Winchester and was very unhappy. He graduated from Winchester College and proceeded to Christ's Church in Cambridge where he met C. P. Snow who encouraged him to be moral and compassionate. Storr continued his medical studies at Westminster Hospital from 1941 to 1944, and then became a house physician at various hospitals. He is best known for his books on Freud and Jung. After completing his education, Storr practiced psychotherapy privately, but combined his private practice with hospitals as a consultant. In 1974, he retired from private practice to teach post graduate doctors at Oxford where he received dining rights at Wadham College and became a fellow at Green College. After his first attempt at writing proved fruitful, Storr continued his career as a writer, producing 11 books in the next 26 years. Storr's books were very popular in the U. S. and following his literary fame, he became a frequent book reviewer and commentator on British television. He wrote on different themes, but his favorites were gurus, as evidenced in his book, "Feet of Clay, solitude as a helpful tool in recovery, "Solitude: A Return to Self", and the theories of Freud and Jung. Storr died on March 17 in Oxford after having a heart attack during a speech at Wadham College. He was 80 years old. show less

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Works by Anthony Storr

Solitude: A Return to the Self (1988) 1,095 copies
The Essential Jung (1983) — Editor; Contributor — 712 copies
Music and the Mind (1992) 393 copies
Jung (1973) — Author — 168 copies
The Dynamics of Creation (1972) 135 copies
Human Aggression (1901) 108 copies
The Art of Psychotherapy (1979) 100 copies
Sexual Deviation (Pelican) (1964) 59 copies
Human Destructiveness (1972) 38 copies
Psychoanalysis Observed (1966) — Author — 25 copies

Associated Works

Land under England (1935) — Introduction, some editions — 141 copies


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This very short book is unfortunately not a very good book. If you want to know what Freud thought about things, probably the best place to start is Freud himself. Author Anthony Storr concedes that Freud was an excellent writer, even in translation, and quite convincing. But this book — meant to introduce people to the ideas of the Viennese psychoanalyst — is not a great place to start. Storr wants to assert his independence, to produce an account that is respectful but not hagiographic. His gripes about Freud are many and this short book sometimes repeats the same critical remark or thought. If the purpose of the book was to encourage one to go back to the source, then it worked. I for one will continue my exploration of Freud’s ideas by reading his books rather than hearing them interpreted by someone who seems to hold a bit of a grudge.… (more)
ericlee | 7 other reviews | Jul 5, 2023 |
The best introduction to Jung's writings in a single volume.
PendleHillLibrary | 2 other reviews | Feb 7, 2023 |
I am in two minds. In places, most notably the beginning, Storr came across as pretentious. But the last two chapters were wonderful. The book is worth reading, just for them.
a.lu | 1 other review | Jan 4, 2023 |
Pequeno livro simples e direto introduzindo o trabalho de Freud de modo didático e compreensível, já apontando, em despeito da sua genialidade, influência e contribuição, os problemas de sua obra (sua obstinação teimosa e tendência excessiva à generalização, seu pendor por fazer uma filosofia no sentido de "abordagem de tudo", sua cegueira experimental, quando a teoria ditava o que devia esperar), bem como comentários aqui e ali sobre a posição de algumas de suas concepções perante o avanço hodierno da psicologia. Como leitura para quem leu pouco Freud e sem grandes pretensões, é bem vindo. Termina com uma apreciação da conexão Freud-Darwin e sua contribuição para a popularização da psicanálise, como algumas palavras sobre a pluralidade de práticas desse segmento.… (more)
henrique_iwao | 7 other reviews | Aug 30, 2022 |


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