The New Psychology of Women

Freud, Dora, and Vienna 1900

by Hannah S. Decker

Freud on Women: A Reader

edited by Elisabeth Young-Bruehl
What ever happened to little Jane? Thousands of American schoolchildren in the Fifties learned to read by following the activities of a prototypical WASP family—Father, Mother, Jane and her brother Dick, and their dog Spot (“See Spot run!”). They lived in a Norman Rockwell house with hollyhocks and a blue …

The Boy Friend

The Letters of Sigmund Freud to Eduard Silberstein, 1871–1881

edited by Walter Boehlich, translated by A.J. Pomerans
It is difficult for us to believe that Freud was ever a young man. We are so conditioned by the photographs of the patriarchal bearded figure with his eyes gazing solemnly and disapprovingly at the world and by his letters which so frequently predict an imminent death that we tend …

Freud’s Favorite Paranoiac

Schreber: Father and Son

by Han Israëls
“Psycho-analytical Notes on an Auto-biographical Account of a Case of Paranoia” (1911) was Freud’s interpretation of the case of Paul Schreber, a psychotic nineteenth-century German judge. Freud was so stimulated by his story that he described the subject as “the wonderful Schreber,” but in fact it has undoubtedly engendered more …

The Lovable Analyst

The Clinical Diary of Sándor Ferenczi

edited by Judith Dupont, translated by Michael Balint and Nicola Zarday Jackson
In the mythology surrounding Freud’s early career, Sándor Ferenczi has emerged as the most lovable and generous of Freud’s close colleagues, a man whose personal qualities contrast with the deviousness of Ernest Jones, the aloofness of Karl Abraham, and the knotted-up character of Otto Rank. While it has generally been …