Antedating of "Writer's Block"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Jun 28 00:54:40 UTC 2006

writer's block (OED 1950)

1949 _Quart. Rev. Biology_ XXIV. 397  A large part of the book [_The Basic
Neurosis_ by Edmund Bergler] is devoted to clinical descriptions of
examples of oral regression that illustrate a variety of symptom pictures,
for example, ... writer's block.

Fred Shapiro

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