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author, historian and former Chairwoman of the Freud Museum

Lisa Appignanesi

Lisa Appignanesi is a British-Canadian author and historian who has written extensively about Freud, the history of madness and the human psyche. She obtained her PhD in 1973 with her work Femininity and the Creative Imagination. A Study of Henry James, Robert Musil and Marcel Proust and in 1992 published, together with her husband John Forrester, the classic Freud’s Women. Her books Mad, Bad and Sad (2009), All About Love (2011) and Trials of Passion (2016) were international bestsellers. She has also written fiction and memoir. Appignanesi was deputy director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London through the eighties, chair of the Freud Museum, president of the English PEN and chair of the Royal Society of Literature until 2021. She is Visiting Professor in Literature and Medical Humanities at King’s College London. Her most recent book, Everyday Madness. On Grief, Anger, Loss and Love, appeared in 2018. She has written for many papers and journals, including the New York Review of Books. Appignanesi was decorated as Knight of the French Order of Arts and Letters for her contribution to literature and named OBE in 2013.

Speaker at



Nexus Conference 2023

Nietzsche and Van Gogh discuss the Future of Western Civilization

Saturday 17 June 2023 National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam