"The great good place" where the great want is met: Psychoanalytic reflections on the short story by Henry James

Barbara Young

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Abstract

Henry James (1843-1916) was a prolific storyteller who supported himself by his writing. During times of frustration and disappointment, he would become depressed. His therapy was to keep busy with his pen. Though much of his writing is difficult to read, his astute observations of people's psychological functioning make the reading all worthwhile. In his later years, beginning with this story, he became more self observant, and his stories increasingly draw on his own childhood emotional experiences and become cautionary tales about how best to live one's life. This story precedes "The Beast in the Jungle" by five years. Dr Young's paper on that novella was published in this journal in 2007.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-92
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

Keywords

  • Emotional experiences
  • Henry
  • James
  • Psychological functioning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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