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KIRKUS REVIEW

Subtitled The Last Phase (1919-1939) this third volume completes a significant reconstruction of Freud's work. Based upon Freud's prolific correspondence, his writings, and the author's personal relationship with Freud and his family, Mr. Jones, a noted psychoanalyst himself, and man of letters, submits the remaining biographical data -- the 16 year struggle against cancer, the vacillating attitude toward the later dissidents (especially Rank), the flight from Nazi-occupied Austria, the friendships with Thomas Mann, Romain Rolland, Einstein, Chaim Weizmann and others. Always in the role of narrator rather than critic he discusses the conceptual contributions -- formulations about neuroses, the death instinct, the superego, and the id. The controversial issue of qualifications is presented -- lay analyst vs. the M.D. An appraisal of the intellectual impact that Freud has upon the fields of biology, anthropology, sociology and religion is offered in summation. This formidable and, perhaps, definitive biography will seek its waiting audience.

Pub Date: Oct. 10th, 1957
Publisher: Basic Books