Correspondence with Miss Joyce Carol Oates
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After a recent opportunity to hear the noted American writer, Joyce Carol Oates, discussing some of these issues, I wrote to her about certain questions which relate to the methodology of applied psychoanalysis and literature and found her responses to be so stimulating that I concluded they should be brought to the attention of the psychoanalytic community.
Sincerely, Joyce Carol Oates
27 October 1973
Dear Miss Oates,
[In my next letter I asked Miss Oates to respond to the questions which follow:]
In the event that you feel psychoanalysis can contribute to a study of the issue of recurrent themes in an author's work, do you have any literary cautions, safeguards, instructions—or a caveat to the analyst which might occur to you?