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Houdini's Box: On the Arts of Escape

by Adam Philips - £7.99  Faber and Faber (2002)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780571206650 | ISBN 10: 0571206654

In his most captivating book to date, Adam Phillips explores mankind's on-going fascination with ideas of escape. Taking as his starting point the life and works of Harry Houdini - 'the greatest magician the world has ever seen' - he considers why some people might become compulsive escape artists, whereas others appear to find freedom in self-imposed confinement.
 
Philips explores the case history of a little girl obsessed with hide and seek; the notoriously reclusive poet Emily Dickinson and a man who believes it is his destiny to always be in flight, whether from women or his analyst.

"A rare achievement - as remarkable a piece of work as Houdini ever performed himself."
(Daily Telegraph )

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