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His first book, an extraordinarily insightful
description of the inner world of a schizophrenic.
Considered a seminal work in the expression of the
experiences of the mentally ill.
Laing's second book, an eloquent description of
the way in which people are shaped and controlled
by social forces.
The Self and Others 1969
A substantially-revised edition, significantly
illustrative of the progression in Laing's thought.
Madness, and the
(with A. Esterson) 1964
A study of the relationships between
schizophrenics and their families. Some of the
conclusions seem a bit dubious, but this is a must
for serious Laing scholars.
(with D.G. Cooper) 1964
Subtitled 'A Decade of Sartre's Philosophy
1950-1960'. With a foreword by Sartre
(with H. Phillipson and A.R. Lee) 1966
One of his more structured and scientific
works, and unfortunately among his least
Politics of Experience and The Bird of
A short, but incredibly intense book. His most
popular work, and an ideal introduction to his
Politics of the
Several essays on the subject. More considered
than polemic when compared with his earlier
Psychology written in poetry form. The
schematics, painstaingly designed to express the
refractions of meaning in the dialogues, can be a
bit overwhelming for readers unaccustomed to such
forms of notation.
Facts of Life 1976
'An Essay in Feelings, Facts, and Fantasy',
this book examines and questions the implications
of life after birth and pre-birth experience in
one's lived life.
You Love Me?
'An Entertainment in Conversation and Verse' A
second foray into prose and poetry, somewhat in the
style of Knots.
With Adam and Natasha
Also published as Conversations With Children,
this is a book of short bits of daily life with his
A poetry volume, concluding with a collection
of adages, mostly his own.
Another of his later works that deals heavily
with birth and the nature of experience.
Laing's autobiography, which focuses on his
early years. Subtitled 'The Making of a
1989 Seuil, Paris
Conversations with Children Vol.2. Not published
in England at that time as Ronnie protected Max
then, so only published in French - TI.