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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Bruno Bettelheim  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1903 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary

-- Bruno Bettelheim on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Bruno Bettelheim lived and worked in Chicago from 1939 until his retirement in 1973.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bettelheim arrived by ship as a refugee in New York City in late 1939 to join his wife Gina, who had already emigrated. He soon moved to Chicago and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1944 until 1973. The University of Chicago appointed Bettelheim as a professor of psychology and he taught there from 1944 until his retirement in 1973. was an Austrian-born American child psychologist and writer. He gained an international reputation for his work on Freud, psychoanalysis, and emotionally disturbed children. He took his own life in 1990.

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Titles At Your Library

Freud and Man's Soul: An Important Re-Interpretation of Freudian Theory
ISBN: 0394710363

Vintage. 1983

Has Sigmund Freud been seriously misunderstood? The author of The Uses of Enchantment argues that mistranslation has distorted Freud's work in English and led students to see a system intended to cooperate flexibly with individual needs as a set of rigid rules to be applied by external authority. This provocative argument cuts through the myths to reveal a greater, more compassoinate and also far more disturbing figure.

" eloquent attempt to reclaim Freud's reputation in America." —THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Lucid and provocative." —THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK REVIEW

A Good Enough Parent : A Book on Child-Rearing
ISBN: 0394757769

Vintage. 1988

In this book, the preeminent child psychologist of our time gives us the results of his lifelong effort to determine what is most crucial in successful child-rearing. His purpose is not to give parents preset rules for raising their children, but rather to show them how to develop their own insights so that they will understand their own and their children's behavior in different situations and how to cope with it. Above all, he warns, parents must not indulge their impulse to try to create the child they would like to have, but should instead help each child fully develop into the person he or she would like to be.

The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales
ISBN: 0307739635

Vintage. 2010

Winner of the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award

"A charming book about enchantment, a profound book about fairy tales."—John Updike, The New York Times Book Review

Bruno Bettelheim was one of the great child psychologists of the twentieth century and perhaps none of his books has been more influential than this revelatory study of fairy tales and their universal importance in understanding childhood development.

Analyzing a wide range of traditional stories, from the tales of Sindbad to “The Three Little Pigs,” “Hansel and Gretel,” and “The Sleeping Beauty,” Bettelheim shows how the fantastical, sometimes cruel, but always deeply significant narrative strands of the classic fairy tales can aid in our greatest human task, that of finding meaning for one’s life.

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