The Intimate Letters of Sigmund Freud

The vast trove of Sigmund Freud’s letters sheds light not only on the subjects that occupied the father of psychoanalysis, but also on the role the very act of writing them played in his life

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Freud, in his Vienna office. His epistolary writing can be seen as a continuation of the self-analysis of one who was already convinced that the unconscious needs another in order to tell the subject’s story.
Freud, in his Vienna office. Credit: Bettmann / Getty Images IL
Eran Rolnik
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An 1897 letter from Freud to Wilhelm Fliess, with the first mention of the Oedipus complex, identified more closely than any other concept with Freud’s thought. Credit: U.S. Library of Congress
Freud.Credit: Reproduction by Ardon Bar-Hama / Freud Museum, London

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