Speak of Me As I Am: The Life and Work of Masud Khan

Author(s) : Judy Cooper

Speak of Me As I Am: The Life and Work of Masud Khan

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 1993
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 164
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  • Catalogue No : 5565
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855750449
  • ISBN 10 : 1855750449
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Judy Cooper has unravelled the many enigmas and perplexities of Masud Khan's intriguing personality....a work of exquisite scholarship based on careful scrutiny of unpublished documents and extensive interviews with those who knew Khan intimately.

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'I first met Masud Khan in 1946 and as a friend and colleague of his until his death in 1989, I appreciated his contributions to psychoanalytic theory and understanding and was saddened by the way he damaged his good professional reputation by his excesses and grandiosity, exasperated by his final illness. Judy Cooper has painted a warm and moving picture of this talented, caring and yet irascible man, with his flair for the dramatic, who yet had a capacity to spend time with colleagues and those whose manuscripts he edited, helping them to express their thoughts more clearly and to understand better their own contributions.'
- Pearl King, Past President of the British Psychoanalytical Society

'Judy Cooper unfolds the story of a man who was either loathed or liked - often both by one and the same person. His writing is some of the most scholarly and gracious that psychoanalysis has ever produced, yet he ended his life formally struck-off from membership of the British Psychoanalytical Society.'
- From the Foreword by Eric Rayner

'This book has got Masud Khan exactly right and it reads well both as a personal tribute to him and as an academic account of his theories, achievements and position in the history of psychoanalysis.'
- Charles Rycroft

'Judy Cooper has done a marvellous job. Her book on Masud Khan - a courageous enterprise - is a true and moving portrait of this unusual, to say the least, analyst and scholar.'
- Victor Smirnoff

'In her gripping book... Judy Cooper has at last unravelled the many enigmas and perplexities of Khan's intriguing personality. [She] has produced a work of exquisite scholarship, based on a careful scrutiny of unpublished documents, as well as extensive interviews with people who knew Khan intimately; and her candid book helps us to understand the infantile and childhood origins of Khan's internal world.

'Other people have either idealized Khan or dismissed him out of hand, but Cooper has provided us with a rich, detailed, and balanced portrait that helps us develop a deep compassion for a man in turmoil, as well as an appreciation for one of the great contributors to psychoanalytical theory and practice.

I can recommend this book most enthusiastically. It reads extremely well, and it explains much about one of the most compelling and enigmatic of Freud's honorary grandchildren.'
- Brett Kahr

About the Author(s)

Judy Cooper is a Senior Member of the British Association of Psychotherapists, a Full Member of the British Psychoanalytic Association, and a Member of the International Psychoanalytic Association. She is in private practice in London.

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