Bion's Dream: A Reading of the Autobiographies

Author(s) : Meg Harris Williams

Bion's Dream: A Reading of the Autobiographies

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2010
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 116
  • Category :
  • Catalogue No : 29078
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855758902
  • ISBN 10 : 1855758903

Reviews and Endorsements

'Meg Harris Williams has applied her gift for mystical poetry to "dreaming" Bion's passion, his suffering, as portrayed in his autobiographical works, The Long Week-End, All My Sins Remembered, and A Memoir of the Future. What Williams has done with rare literary craftsmanship and consummate poetic beauty is to weave Bion's autobiographical contributions, testimonies from his conscious memory, with his unconscious "dream" about it in his trilogy A Memoir of the Future. Williams' "dream" about his autobiographies lies atop Bion's dream about himself. The result is compelling and soul-searching. Bion has never been so "understood". Her "dream" engenders profound compassion for the dark fate-encountering pilgrim who overcame the dreadful odds that had always confronted him.'
- James Grotstein, training analyst, Los Angeles, and author of A Beam of Intense Darkness: Bion's Legacy to Psychoanalysis

'I can recommend this book - which evolved in its author's mind over time and outgrew its original envelope through natural growth - wholeheartedly. I found it modest, beautiful and also useful in that it stands as a good companion piece to Bion's allusive yet clinically relevant A Memoir of the Future. The author's personal exploration takes us closer to the deep structure, or grammar, of Bion's ideas without laying possession to them, translating or "explaining" them.'
- Chris Mawson, training analyst, British Psychoanalytical Society, and editor of The Complete Works of W.R. Bion

'To come anywhere near understanding Bion's work, the reader needs to be steeped in classical scholarship, to be a consummate literary critic and reader of texts, to have a profound familiarity with psychoanalytic thought and also to be, independently, truly a thinker. Perhaps uniquely, Meg Harris Williams combines these pre-requisites.'
- Margot Waddell, psychoanalyst and consultant child psychotherapist, Tavistock Clinic, author of Inside Lives: Psychoanalysis and the Growth of the Personality

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