Houdini's Box: The Art of Escape

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Adam Phillips explores mankind's ongoing fascination with ideas of escape, looking at the great Harry Houdini and a case history of a little girl obsessed with hide and seek; at the notoriously reclusive poet Emily Dickinson and a man who believes it is his destiny to always be in flight, whether from women or his analyst. This is Adam Phillips' most captivating book to date.

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In this uniquely brilliant and insightful book, acclaimed essayist and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips meditates on the notion of escape in our society and in ourselves.
No one can escape the desire and need to escape. By analyzing four examples of escape artists--a young girl who hides from others by closing her eyes; a grown man incapable of a relationship; Emily Dickinson, recluse extraordinaire; and Harry Houdini, the quintessential master of escape--Phillips enables readers to identify the escape artists lurking within themselves. Lucid, erudite, and audacious, Houdini's Box is another scintillating and seminal work by one of the world's most dazzlingly original thinkers.

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“Provocative, smoothly written . . . . A pleasure to read.” —The Washington Post

“A rare achievement–as remarkable a piece of tightrope walking as Houdini ever performed himself.” --London Daily Telegraph

“Illuminating and intriguing.” --BookPage

“Fascinating.” --Entertainment Weekly

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