In The Shadow of Fame: A Memoir by the Daughter of Erik H. Erikson

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9780670033744: In The Shadow of Fame: A Memoir by the Daughter of Erik H. Erikson

The daughter of the famed child psychologist recounts her father's rise to celebrity and her parents' attempt to heal their own childhood wounds through his fame, revealing the author's feelings of unworthiness in the face of her father's idealized image and his ability to connect with strangers better than with members of his family. 25,000 first printing.

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Sue Erikson Bloland did graduate work in both anthropology and sociology before obtaining her master’s in social work from New York University and her certificate in psychoanalysis from the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis. She has written for The Atlantic Monthly and Psychoanalytic Dialogues and has given numerous lectures on fame. She is a practicing psychotherapist in New York City and a faculty member at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis.

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As the daughter of child development expert Erik Erikson, Bloland and her siblings experienced a joyful and tormented childhood. Celeste Lawson provides a warm representation of Bloland's view of childhood. Surprisingly, Erikson and his wife were unstable parents and incompatible marital partners whose quest for the limelight provided little stability for their children. Their lives in sunny California appeared idyllic and glamorous; the family home was surrounded by beautiful flower, vegetable, and fruit gardens tended by Bloland's mother, and a pool where many a party overlooked gorgeous sunsets. But her father's affairs, her mother's passive-aggressive personality, their worrisome behaviors, and the shocking discovery of an institutionalized sibling with Down's syndrome proved too bizarre for the children to understand. B.J.P. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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