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Berkeley Author Explains His Writing Process Oct. 6

By Julia Sommer, Public Affairs
posted September 30, 1998

This fall's Berkeley Writers at Work lecture series will feature emeritus English professor and author Frederick Crews on Tuesday, Oct. 6, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Alumni House's Toll Room.

The series provides a forum for campus writers to share aspects of their writing, including research, character development, editing and revising.

In his most recent book, "Unauthorized Freud: Doubters Confront a Legend," Crews has edited a collection of essays that call Sigmund Freud's scientific abilities into question. The Viking Press publication has drawn national attention while stirring heated debates among supporters and opponents of psychoanalysis.

"Frederick Crews, the brilliantly articulate leader of the opposition, assembles the most persuasive criticisms of Freud that the past 25 years of revisionist scholarship have yet produced," said Thomas Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle book reviewer.

A graduate of Yale and Princeton, Crews began teaching at Berkeley in 1958. He received the campus's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1985 and is probably best known for his popular writing guide, "Random House Handbook," now in its sixth edition.

His books have won numerous awards and honors, including the National Book Critic's Circle Award.

For information on the Writers at Work series, contact Steve Tollefson at 642-5570 or


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