In Conversation with Adam Phillips
Adam Phillips is a practising psychoanalyst as well as one of the foremost essayists and thinkers writing today. John Banville has called him ‘an Emerson of our time’ while Joan Acocella in the New Yorker dubs him ‘Britain’s foremost psychoanalytic writer’. Phillips has written more than twenty books on subjects as various as Winnicott (1988), Monogamy (1996), Missing Out (2012), Unforbidden Pleasures (2015) and, most recently, Attention Seeking (2019). Phillips is the author of a life of the young Sigmund Freud, Becoming Freud (2014), and is the general editor of a new translation of Freud’s work published by the Penguin Press.
Phillips will be in conversation with Matthew Bevis, a distinguished essayist and professor of English Literature at Oxford University. Bevis has written extensively on many aspects of literature. His most recent book Wordsworth's Fun (2019) was published by Chicago University Press this year.
Attendance is free for this public event but tickets are limited; please register in advance via Eventbrite. Attendees are encouraged to read Phillips’ essay on The Happiness Myth in advance of the evening's conversation, a link to which can be found below.
Conversation will be followed by time for questions from the audience.