John Kerr (author)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
John Kerr
Born (1950-01-31)January 31, 1950
Washington, D.C., USA
Occupation Author
Editor
Nationality American
Education NYU

John Kerr (January 31, 1950) is an American author raised in New York and best known for his in-depth book examining the relationship between Freud, Jung and Sabina Spielrein, titled A Most Dangerous Method.

Early life and family[edit]

Kerr was born in Washington, D.C., to mother Jean Kerr and father Walter Kerr shortly before their relocation to Larchmont, New York. He is one of six siblings, the oldest being Christopher, his twin Colin, and younger Gilbert, Gregory, and Kitty. Raised in a house of writers, his family was the subject of humorous articles scribed by his mother that would be collected into the volume Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1957).

Book[edit]

A Most Dangerous Method is the result of an 8 year examination of the relationship between Jung, Spielrein and Freud, and creates a new narrative of the birth of psychoanalysis. John Kerr not only gives Spielrein her proper recognition for contributions to analytic theory, but gives fresh perspective on the Freud-Jung stalemate that resulted in the two parting ways.

Random House published A Most Dangerous Method in 1993,[1] to the outrage of the psychoanalytical community. In November 1993 Frederick Crews wrote The Unknown Freud, an essay published in the New York Review of Books, which used Kerr's book review as a platform to attack Freud's methods and practices.[2] The essay would result in the largest influx of letters to the editor in the history of the New York Review of Books.

Adaptations[edit]

Soon after publication, talks were opened with production companies to adapt the book to film. Christopher Hampton was brought in as screenwriter. When talks stalled, Hampton adapted the work for stage. Entitled The Talking Cure, it opened in London in 2003.[3]

Christopher Hampton subsequently wrote the screenplay for the 2011 David Cronenberg Film A Dangerous Method.[4]

Current[edit]

After a long stint in Brooklyn, Kerr relocated to Portland, Maine, in 1998. He currently resides in Portland's West End.

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Kerr (August 2, 1994). "A Most Dangerous Method". 
  2. ^ Frederick Crews, Ph.D (November 18, 1993). "The Unknown Freud". 
  3. ^ Michael Billington (January 14, 2003). "The Talking Cure". 
  4. ^ UMDb (2011). "A Dangerous Method".