November 14, 2017
The Friends of the A. A. Brill Library is proud to present "Corresponding Lives: A Reading from the Letters between A. A. Brill and Mabel Dodge Luhan" with Patricia Everett & Paul Lippmann.
The psychoanalyst A. A. Brill maintained an active correspondence with his patient Mabel Dodge Luhan, a salon host in New York and a pioneer in her early fascination with psychoanalysis. Luhan began analysis with Brill in June 1916, continuing until she moved to Taos, New Mexico in December 1917. Over the next twenty years, she periodically returned to New York to consult with him. Their correspondence dates from the beginning of her analysis until four years before Brill’s death in 1948.
In her letters Luhan recounted her dreams and reported on her current mental states. Brill responded with advice, warmth, and forceful interpretations. Their letters are rare historical documents that provide a window into the normally inaccessible aspects of early analytic relationships. The extended dialogue that evolved in this correspondence between analyst and patient allowed Luhan to further her treatment gains and continually develop her self-analytic capacities.
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New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
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