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"An Accident of Hope: The Therapy Tapes of Anne Sexton"

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Dawn Skorczewski is not only the author of: "An Accident of Hope: The Therapy Tapes of Anne Sexton" but she is also a Professor of English and Director of University Writing at Brandeis. She has extensively lectured and written on the relationship between pedagogy, psychoanalysis, and creative expression.

An Accident of Hope is a fascinating study of the ways literature, creativity, and psychoanalysis intersect. Dawn connects exerpts from the tapes of Sexton's psychotherapy with contemporaneous selections from her poetry to offer a unique perspective on the artist's inner experience and creative process. The tapes provide an intimate glimpse into a psychologically tortured yet immensely creative woman during a period of emerging feminism and cultural change. By linking psychotherapy, her poetry, and cultural themes, An Accident of Hope invites a reappraisal of Anne Sexton the writer and a rare view of the evolution of psychoanalytic treatment in the United States. An Accident of Hope is an essential work for all fans of Anne Sexton and for anyone interested in studying the process of psychotherapy in its impact on the creative artist.