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Mark Edmundson is an established, widely published Freud scholar, who edited Beyond the Pleasure Principle for the Penguin centenary edition of Freud.The Death of Freud offers a revolutionary assessment of Freud's legacy.
Mark Edmundson is a professor of English at the University of Virginia. A prizewinning scholar, he has published a number of works of literary and cultural criticism, including Literature Against Philosophy, Plato to Derrida, and Teacher: The One Who Made the Difference. He has also written for such publications as the New Republic, the New York Times Magazine, the Nation, and Harper's, where he is a contributing editor.
'By tracing the intersecting stories of Sigmund Freud and Adolph Hitler in the days before World War II, Mark Edmundson sheds a fresh light on one of the most pressing questions of our day: the allure of fundamentalist politics and the threat it poses to the values of civilization. The Death of Sigmund Freud is a bracing, brilliant, and urgent book.' Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and The Botany of Desire 'The Death of Sigmund Freud is a story about just how confused we are by our craving for authority. In Edmundson's riveting book Freud becomes at once more remarkable as a writer, and more ordinary as a person, a figure to be reckoned with rather than to revere. There has not been a better book on why Freud might matter now - and on why culture-heroes matter at all - for a very long time.' Adam Phillips, author of Side-Effects and Going Sane