On Tuesday, October 7, former Program in Creative Writing faculty member and author Sheila Kohler will read from her novel Dreaming for Freud at Labyrinth Books at 6:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Acclaimed for her spare prose and exceptional psychological insights in her novels Becoming Jane Eyre and Love Child, Sheila Kohler’s latest is inspired by Sigmund Freud’s Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria. In Dreaming for Freud, Kohler paints a provocative and sensual portrait of one of history’s most famous patients.

In the fall of 1900, Dora’s father forces her to begin treatment with the doctor. Visiting him daily, the seventeen-year-old girl lies on his ottoman and tells him frankly about her strange life, and above all about her father’s desires as far as she is concerned. But Dora abruptly ends her treatment after only eleven weeks, just as Freud was convinced he was on the cusp of a major discovery. In Dreaming for Freud, Kohler explores what might have happened between the man who changed the face of psychotherapy and the beautiful young woman who gave him her dreams.


Sheila Kohler is the author of thirteen works of fiction, including the novels Becoming Jane Eyre and Cracks. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, O Magazine and included in the Best American Short Stories. She has twice won an O’Henry Prize, as well as an Open Fiction Award, a Willa Cather Prize, and a Smart Family Foundation Prize. Kohler has previously been a Lecturer in the Program in Creative Writing at the Lewis Center.

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  • Labyrinth Books