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In Houdini’s Box, internationally acclaimed psychoanalyst Adam Phillips analyzes four examples of escape: a young girl who hides from others by closing her eyes; a grown man pathologically incapable of maintaining a relationship; Emily Dickinson, who lived a hermit’s solitude the final twenty years of her life; and Harry Houdini, the master magician whose incomparable escapes were more than just an act. The result is this uniquely brilliant and enduring book that enables each of us to identify our own personal escape artist lurking within.
“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