Freud and the Child Woman: The Memoirs of Fritz Wittels

Freud and the Child Woman: The Memoirs of Fritz Wittels

by Fritz Wittels
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300064853

ISBN-13: 9780300064858

Pub. Date: 01/28/1996

Publisher: Yale University Press

Fritz Wittels (1880-1950) was a pioneering Viennese psychoanalyst, the first biographer of Freud (1924), and intermittently friend and rival of Freud himself, of Wilhelm Stekel, and of their famous satirical adversary, Karl Kraus. Towards the end of his life, while living and practising as an analyst in the United States, Wittels wrote a two-hundred-page memoir of his…  See more details below

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Fritz Wittels (1880-1950) was a pioneering Viennese psychoanalyst, the first biographer of Freud (1924), and intermittently friend and rival of Freud himself, of Wilhelm Stekel, and of their famous satirical adversary, Karl Kraus. Towards the end of his life, while living and practising as an analyst in the United States, Wittels wrote a two-hundred-page memoir of his early life and career in Vienna. The typescript memoirs, held in the archives of the Abraham Brill Library, New York, are published here for the first time, accompanied by a range of little-known illustrations. Incomplete in places, they have been deftly edited, contextualised and introduced by Edward Timms, whose many valuable explanatory notes include the identification of the 'child woman' of the title. In his memoirs Wittels writes frankly and vividly about the erotic sub-culture of fin-de-siecle Vienna and about early controversies within the Psychoanalytic Society. His picture of the interaction between the two is startlingly original, and will appeal not only to historians of psychoanalysis, but to anyone interested in the Viennese cultural avant-garde. The erotic triangles in which Wittels, Kraus and Freud were involved are shown to have impinged directly on the activities of the famous Society. Freud himself plays a crucial role in the story, and the book as a whole is of exceptional importance for the origins of psychoanalysis.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300064858
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.37(w) x 9.46(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Editor's Preface
Introduction: Wrestling with the Man1
1Childhood in Vienna4
2Freud and the Vienna Medical School24
3Kraus and the Neue Freie Presse35
4Spiritual Fathers45
5The Child Woman56
6The Rupture76
7The Scandal99
8Reconciliation111
9America: Making Amends128
10Freud in America144
Commentary: The Wittels Memoirs in Context153
Index of Names185

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