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The Sullivanians : sex, psychotherapy, and the wild life of an American commune  Cover Image Book Book

The Sullivanians : sex, psychotherapy, and the wild life of an American commune

Stille, Alexander (author.).

Summary: In the middle of the 1950s, the Sullivan Institute for Research in Psychoanalysis opened its doors in New York City. Its founders, Saul Newton and Jane Pearce, wanted to start a revolution grounded in ideals of creative expression, sexual liberation, and freedom from the expectations of society. The movement attracted many creative people as patients; in the 1960s the group evolved into an urban commune, with patients living with other patients, leading creative, polyamorous lives. But by the mid-1970s the Institute had devolved into an insular cult, with therapists controlling virtually every aspect of their patients' lives. Stille reconstructs the inner life of a parallel world hidden in plain sight in the middle of Manhattan, and reveals the nearly unbelievable story of a fallen utopia. -- adapted from jacket

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  • ISBN: 0374600392
  • ISBN: 9780374600396
  • Physical Description: x, 418 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2023.

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note: A parallel world -- Part I: Precursors. Origins -- The Sullivan Institute and the world of abstract expressionism -- The 1960s : Time of transition -- Part II. The group gathers. Transference -- Breaking with family -- Strange interlude -- Group living -- The secret history -- Part III: Building the Fourth Wall. The Kremlin and the Gang of Four -- Three Mile Island -- The secret history, part 2 -- The security squad -- Paternity -- The children of the Fourth Wall -- Having children in the group -- The defectors -- The unraveling -- Part IV: The Fourth Wall crumbles. Aftermath -- The reckoning -- Coda. The Kids are (mostly) all right.
Subject: New York (State) New York
Social control
Collective settlements
Sullivan Institute/Fourth Wall Community (New York, N.Y.)
Pearce, Jane 1914-1977
Newton, Saul
Psychoanalysts New York (State) New York
Counterculture New York (State) New York
Communal living New York (State) New York
Sullivan Institute/Fourth Wall Community (New York, N.Y.)
Genre: History.

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