Freud: An Introduction to his Life and Work / Edition 1

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Many of Freud's views were forged out of a reflection on his own experience. It follows that an adequate understanding of the man and his work can be reached only by studying both aspects in conjunction with one another. Drawing upon both published an

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Editorial Reviews

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'There is something new here... Isbister has attempted a synthesisof where we stand in Freud scholarship after the latest wave ofrevisionism. As a summing up of this wave, it is of great value.'
Michael Ignatieff

'Isbister's book is like an oasis in the desert. Heintelligently avoids one sidedness and partiality. He goes beyondany prejudice and achieves, globally an objective, balancedperception.'
Pablo Martinez, Christian Arena

'There is a quality of freshness and tempered enthusiasm in hiswriting which, ... makes for enjoyable reading; ... Isbistercorrelates the life and the work in ways that are interesting andsometimes illuminating.' Times Literary Supplement

'This brilliant and clearly written book provides a highlyaccessible introduction to Freud, the father ofpsycho-analysis.'
The Guardian Press

Library Journal
Integrating Freud's life with his theories, the author has provided a concise but insightful biographical study focused on Freud's early and middle years. A penchant for destroying personal papers plus his need to defend and exemplify his theorizing laid Freud's autobiographical writings open to skepticism: since the death of Anna Freud and the struggle for the control of the Freud Archives a new breed of scholars commands the field. It should be noted that Isbister is indebted in part to the (unpublished) scholarship of Peter Swales. Notable in this book are: some new scholarship, the recommended reading list, and a modest attempt to dispute Freud's negative estimate of human nature. For large public and undergraduate libraries. Kay Webb O'Connell, Washington State Lib., Olympia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745600147
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/15/1991
  • Edition description: 31ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 0.74 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

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