- • Rapaport’s translation of Hartmann monograph
- • Binding and neutralization
- • Dement’s dream research
- • Psychoanalytic theory of motivation
- • Personology
In February 2013, we posted the first five chapters of letters between David Rapaport and Robert R. Holt, covering the period from 1950 to 1955. Today we are posting the remaining four chapters, which begin in 1956 and continue until Rapaport’s death in 1960. The whole collection provides readers with an extraordinary opportunity to listen in on a remarkably frank critical dialogue between two leading theorists, as they push each other to confront and resolve shortcomings in their respective writings, all the while deepening a friendship of great mutual respect and affection. We are pleased to finally make the full correspondence available for you and we hope that you will take the time to read them. They portray an exemplary intellectual relationship from which we can all learn. The full collection is available under the Rapaport-Holt Letters category.
Click Here to Read: The previous Rapaport-Holt Letters.
Click Here for: Chapter 1: Letters of 1948–1951
Click Here for: Chapter 2: Letters of 1952
Click Here for: Chapter 3: Letters of 1952 -1953
Click Here for: Chapter 4: Letters of 1954
Click Here for: Chapter 5: Letters of 1955
I am pleased to make available an extraordinary collection of correspondence between David Rapaport and Robert Holt.
When in response to a call from me, Bob Holt told me that he had a trove of correspondence between him and his mentor, David Rapaport, I was bowled over by the discovery of this treasure. In these letters, which date from 1948 through 1960, the two colleagues both support and challenge one another during a period of remarkable intellectual activity for both of them.
I was a resident at the Menninger School of Psychiatry from 1960 to 1962, years after David had left to go to Austen Riggs, but many members of the staff who were my mentors had trained with him, and all of the residents learned about his brilliance and contributions to the basic science of psychoanalysis. His Organization and Pathology of Thought was a foundational text for us, to be read and reread. Topeka was a place which many had left by the time I arrived: Bob (more…)
by Robert R. Holt
Late in July 2011, I had an unexpected call from Arnold D. Richards, M.D., an old acquaintance. He asked if I happened to have any unpublished papers on psychoanalysis; if so, he offered to make them available to their most likely audience through International Psychoanalysis. It happened that, for about a year, I had been trying to find a publisher for a collection of letters between David Rapaport and me during his final 12 years (1948–1960). When I mentioned that to Dr. Richards, he at once expressed interest, and at last here we are. (more…)
Farewell Party for the Rapaports, Aug. 1948. Back row: Maryline Barnard, Bob Holt, Elvira Rapaport, Louisa Holt. Front row: Lee Wexler, David Rapaport, Marty Mayman, Milt Wexler. (click to enlarge)
George S. Klein, co-director of the Research Center for Mental Health. (click to enlarge)
Plus: A Note on George S. Klein
Robert R. Holt and Lester B. Luborsky, 1958. Taken at time of publication of Personality Patterns of Psychiatrists. (click to enlarge)
Rapaport’s informal, often caustic comments about his first encounters with American psychiatrists and his first colleagues and the account of his early struggles make fascinating reading.
Elvira Strasser Rapaport and Juliet Rapaport in their Stockbridge home, about 1954. (click to enlarge)
Plus: Staff Seminar Minutes
Merton M. Gill, Lester B. Luborsky, and Erik H. Erikson, 1954. (click to enlarge)