The Letters of Sigmund Freud and Otto Rank: Inside Psychoanalysis

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Sigmund Freud?s relationship with Otto Rank was the most constant, close, and significant of his professional life. Freud considered Rank to be the most brilliant of his disciples. The two collaborated on psychoanalytic writing, practice, and politics; Rank was the managing director of Freud?s publishing house; and after several years helping Freud update his masterpiece, The Interpretation of Dreams, Rank contributed two chapters. His was the only other name ever to be listed on the title page. This complete ...

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Sigmund Freud’s relationship with Otto Rank was the most constant, close, and significant of his professional life. Freud considered Rank to be the most brilliant of his disciples. The two collaborated on psychoanalytic writing, practice, and politics; Rank was the managing director of Freud’s publishing house; and after several years helping Freud update his masterpiece, The Interpretation of Dreams, Rank contributed two chapters. His was the only other name ever to be listed on the title page. This complete collection of the known correspondence between the two brings to life their twenty-year collaboration and their painful break.

The 250 letters compiled by E. James Lieberman and Robert Kramer humanize and dramatize psychoanalytic thinking, practice, and organization from 1906 through 1925. The letters concern not just the work and trenchant contemporaneous observations of Freud and Rank but also their friendships, supporters, rivals, families, travels, and other personal and professional matters. Most interestingly, the letters trace Rank’s growing independence, the father-son schism over Rank’s "anti-Oedipal" heresy, his surprising reconciliation with Freud, and the moment when they parted ways permanently. A candid picture of how the pioneers of modern psychotherapy behaved with their patients, colleagues, and families—and each other—the correspondence between Freud and Rank demonstrates how psychoanalysis developed in relation to early twentieth-century science, art, philosophy, and politics.

A rich primary source on psychiatry, history, and culture, The Letters of Sigmund Freud and Otto Rank is a cogent and powerful narrative of early psychoanalysis and its two most important personalities.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

For anyone at all interested in the history of the psychoanalytic movement, this 1906-25 exchange of letters, translated here from German, between Freud and his henchman—the 28-years-younger Rank—is a delightful treasure trove... Suited to a broad audience, the book is not at all obscure. A source on which readers will continue to draw.

Modern Psychoanalysis - Marcus M. Silverman
There is... something eminently refreshing about a straightforward book like The Letters of Sigmund Freud and Otto Rank: Inside Psychoanalysis.
Luzifer-Amor - Anna Bentinck von Schoonheten
An important exchange of letters. It is very gratifying that it finally has appeared.
Choice
For anyone at all interested in the history of the psychoanalytic movement, this 1906-25 exchange of letters, translated here from German, between Freud and his henchman—the 28-years-younger Rank—is a delightful treasure trove... Suited to a broad audience, the book is not at all obscure. A source on which readers will continue to draw.
Washington Post
Doctors sometimes like to be perceived as Olympian gods, but these letters remind us how often gods are venal, petty, jealous and spiteful. The excellent book, The Letters of Sigmund Freud and Otto Rank: Inside Psychoanalysis, focuses on the early career of Otto Rank, as one of Freud's most gifted disciples.

— Michael Dirda

New York Journal of Books
For those well versed in the world of psychology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis, for those who are students of Freud, and for those who know the historical players in this game, The Letters of Sigmund Freud and Otto Rank is a wonderful text filled with excellent research and understanding of the growth and the beginning of the demise of Freudian analysis. It is comprehensive, academic, and a must for those are historians of the era, historians of psychoanalysis, or those simply curious about the men who started a revolution in mental health.
Reference and Research Book News
The book offers much more than a compilation of letters but provides in-depth contextual analysis and refreshingly candid and human perspectives on these men in the early days of the important theory.
PsycCRITIQUES
The Letters of Sigmund Freud and Otto Rank is an excellent scholarly resource and makes a substantive contribution by shedding light on Rank and the psychoanalytic movement.

— Simon Boag

Suns News Corporation
A compelling story, and one well worth the study required by a careful reading of this book.

— Clifford Cunningham

Washington Post - Michael Dirda
Doctors sometimes like to be perceived as Olympian gods, but these letters remind us how often gods are venal, petty, jealous and spiteful. The excellent book, The Letters of Sigmund Freud and Otto Rank: Inside Psychoanalysis, focuses on the early career of Otto Rank, as one of Freud's most gifted disciples.
PsycCRITIQUES - Simon Boag
The Letters of Sigmund Freud and Otto Rank is an excellent scholarly resource and makes a substantive contribution by shedding light on Rank and the psychoanalytic movement.
Suns News Corporation - Clifford Cunningham
A compelling story, and one well worth the study required by a careful reading of this book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421403540
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2012
  • Edition description: 20
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 984,457
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

E. James Lieberman, M.D., is a clinical professor emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine. He has written, edited, and translated a number of books, including two by Otto Rank Psychology and the Soul and The Myth of the Birth of the Hero, both published by Johns Hopkins. Robert Kramer, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized authority on action learning and consults on leadership development worldwide. He is the editor of A Psychology of Difference: The American Lectures of Otto Rank.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction 1

1 The Vienna Psychoanalytic Society, 1906-1910 4

2 Alfred Adler Departs, 1911 11

3 Judging Jung, 1912-1913 20

4 The Committee, 1913-1914 27

5 War, 1914 37

6 Limbo, 1915-1916 47

7 Krakow, 1916-1918 61

8 Active Therapy and Armistice, 1918 75

9 Eros Meets Thanatos, 1919 and 1920 91

10 Rising Tension, 1921 102

11 Favorite Son, January to July 1922 118

12 Fratricide, August to December 1922 132

13 Birth of the Mother, January to June 1923 151

14 Under the Knife, June to December 1923 161

15 Crisis, January to April 1924 181

16 New York, May to October 1924 200

17 About-face, October to December 1924 221

18 Reunion and Ending, 1925-1926 232

19 Willing, Feeling, Living, 1926-1939 255

Epilogue 275

Acknowledgments 291

Appendices

A Minor Letters 293

B A Precocious Dream Analysis 315

C Major Figures in the Freud-Rank Correspondence 324

D Family Chart of Sigmund Freud in 1905 328

E Otto Rank Family Tree 329

Notes 331

Bibliography 347

Index 351

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