THE LIFE AND WORK OF SIGMUND FREUD: YEARS OF MATURITY by Ernest Jones

THE LIFE AND WORK OF SIGMUND FREUD: YEARS OF MATURITY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The second volume of the projected three-volume work on Freud to come from the renowned Dr. Jones covers the period from 1901 to 1919 and deals again with the man and his work. Drawing from Freud's writings, the information of family and friends, association records and the vast correspondence (that with Abraham, Jung, Ferenczi and himself being most important, he feels), he records the years of participation which followed those of ""splendid isolation"" and self-analysis. Dealing first with Freud's life, he notes the coming of international recognition, of opposition as well; the inception of the International Psycho-Analytical Association, the dissensions and breaks with Adler and Jung; relationships within the Committee which included Freud, Ferenczi, Abraham, Jones, Rank, and Sachs (correspondence between the colleagues and opponents is included in the text, with an appendix for more); the effect of the war years. In the section on Freud's work, Dr. Jones summarizes the contributions, the highlights of his writing in case histories, techniques, theory (the Libido theory receives attention here), non-medical applications of psychoanalysis. Responding to criticism of the earlier volume, he writes lastly of Freud's own makeup, his mode of life and work. The audience awaits.

Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 1955
Publisher: Basic Books