Dear Psyarters,

I am very sorry to hear that Norm Holland has passed away.  He was an inspiration for many of us.  When I read his Dynamics of Literary Response in 1968, it dawned on me that it would be possible to write a Ph.D. dissertation on Russian poetry from a psychoanalytic perspective.  When I needed his advice or support on various professional matters, he was always there.  His PsyArt has been a staple of what we do in our lives.  Where is he now?  On his way to stardust.

Daniel Rancour-Laferriere

On Oct 4, 2017, at 3:56 PM, Don Carveth <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Very sorry to hear of Norman’s passing. He was a fine scholar and facilitator of the creativity of others. I fondly recall his and Jane’s warmt welcome when I gave a talk some years ago in Gainesville. His early work in Buffalo inspired Toronto analysts and scholars to meet to discuss psychoanalysis and literature here. May light perpetual shine upon him.


Donald L. Carveth, Ph.D., RP, FIPA

On Oct 4, 2017, at 2:06 PM, Lisa Ruddick <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Thank you, Murray, both for letting us know of Norm’s passing and for your moving tribute to him. I’m sorry you have lost such a cherished friend. I never met Norm, but it is clear to me that he was a rare person and will be greatly missed. 

All the best,


On Oct 4, 2017, at 9:33 AM, Berman, Jeffrey <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Thank you, Murray. Like the others who responded to your posting, I did not know about Norm's death. I had spoken with him, via email, as late as July, and I thought he was in good health then. As you will recall, at the 25th PsyArt Conference in Lisbon, in 2008, you and I both gave talks about Norm's personal importance as a teacher, mentor, and friend, quite apart from his significance to the profession. He was indeed the Dean of American psychoanalytic literary criticism. He will be deeply missed. I hope there will be other opportunities for scholars, teachers, and students to discuss Norm's profound  contributions to psychoanalytic literary scholarship.
Jeff Berman 

From: Discussion Group for Psychology and the Arts <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Lesley Caldwell <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 2:56:11 AM
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Subject: Re: Norm's Passing
Thank you very much Murray. I  had not heard and was  saddened  to hear  though unlike many of you I did not know Norm nor as you describe Murray have a lifetime of shared activities and friendship . My condolences to you 
Lesley Caldwell
> On 4 Oct 2017, at 01:55, Murray M. Schwartz d<[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Dear Psyarters,

> I must apologize for indirectly telling you of Norm's death in a message about the Silberger Prize lecture this afternoon.  I had thought that a message from his daughter Kelly and son John to the PsyArt Directors had gone to everyone on the psyart list.

> Norm died on the morning of September 28th while he was peacefully asleep.  His passing marks the end of a long and wonderfully productive and generous life.  Without him, this message would not be reaching you.  Without him and Jane, the PsyArt Foundation would not exist.  Without him, the field of psychoanalytic study of the arts would be a much less rich and varied part of the intellectual history of the past and present centuries.  

> Norm and I worked together for decades.  He was a colleague of exemplary loyalty, a very fine friend to me and my family, and a steady support through many changes in both our lives. We were in touch until his last days, and he was his bright and cheerful self until the end.  

> Back in Bufflao in the 1970s there was a gathering of faculty and their families each summer Sunday at the Holland's pool.  We played water polo, and shared a convivial communal sense of purpose.  The academic world was different then, but Norm never lost his belief that friendship and the intellectual life share a deep affinity.  All of us associated with PsyArt have benefitted from that belief.

> In friendship,

> Murray