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Dr. Dana Amir is a clinical psychologist, supervising and training analyst at the Israel psychoanalytic society, a faculty member at Haifa University (head of the interdisciplinary doctoral program in psychoanalysis), poetess and literature researcher. She is the author of six poetry books and three psychoanalytic non-fiction books: Cleft Tongue (Karnac, 2014), On the Lyricism of the Mind (Routledge, 2016), and Bearing Witness to the Witness (Routledge, in print). Her papers were published in psychoanalytic journals and presented at national and international conferences. She is the winner of many national and international prizes, including the Frances Tustin International Memorial Prize (2011), the IPA (International Psychoanalytic Association) Sacerdoti Prize (2013), the IPA Hayman Prize (2017), and the IFPE Distinguished Psychoanalytic Educators Award (2017).

Deborah Browning earned an M.A. in Historical Musicology and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from New York University. Following three years of Fellowships at Yale Medical School in Inpatient Mental Health and Psychiatric Epidemiology, she returned to NYU where, for 20 years she was an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and also earned a certificate in Psychoanalysis from NYU’s Post-doctoral Program. She has published on topics in ego psychology, adolescence, Erikson, and more recently, Laplanche, and has edited an anthology of papers on adolescence as well as the collected papers of Jean-Georges Schimek. With the inheritance of the substantial archive of the German-born School of Paris painter Hans Reichel, she now concentrates on preserving this painter’s legacy. This work involves the preparation of his Catalogue Raisonne as well as writing both a full scale biography and a shorter monograph devoted solely to the water-colors Reichel created and the letters he wrote during his multiple internments in WWII France.

David B. Diamond, M.D. (, is a practicing psychoanalyst in Newton, MA; he is on the faculty of the PINE Psychoanalytic Center where he has taught seminars on psychoanalysis and literature. He was Director of Outpatient Psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, from 1992–2010 and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School until his retirement in 2016. As a member of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, he has presented papers at several of its biannual meetings. He recently completed writing a psychoanalytic study of one character in each of Hawthorne’s four romances. The essay on The Scarlet Letter in this volume is the first of these. He is deeply indebted to David Kuhn for an invaluable exchange during every phase of the writing of this essay, and for his sustaining and precious friendship.

Jeffrey Meyers, FRSL, has had thirty-three books translated into fourteen languages and seven alphabets, and published on six continents. He’s recently published Remembering Iris Murdoch in 2013, Thomas Mann’s Artist-Heroes in 2014, Robert Lowell in Love, and The Mystery of the Real: Correspondence with Alex Colville in 2016. Resurrections: Authors, Heroes—and a Spy was published in 2018.

Dr. Christopher Miller is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is a graduate psychoanalyst from the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis.

Mary Kay O’Neil, Ph.D., is a supervising and training psychoanalyst in private practice in Toronto. She is former Director of the Canadian Institute of Psychoanalysis (Quebec, English), served as North American Representative on the Board of the International Psychoanalytical Association, and currently is a member of the Board of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. She is also active as a faculty member at the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis. She is a former Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, a Registered Psychologist and completed her psychoanalytic training at the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis. Dr. O’Neil authored The Unsung Psychoanalyst: The Quiet Influence of Ruth Easser and has co-authored and edited 6 other books and contributed numerous professional journal articles as well as chapters and book reviews. Her research activities, on psychoanalytic ethics, young adult development, psychosocial factors and depression in young adults and sole support mothers have been funded by foundations in Toronto and Montreal.

Rosemary Rizq, Ph.D., C. Psychol, AFBPsS, FHEA, is Professor of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy...


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