The Letters of Sigmund Freud to Jeanne Lampl-de Groot, 1921-1939: Psychoanalysis and Politics in the Interwar Years

Editor : Gertie Bögels

The Letters of Sigmund Freud to Jeanne Lampl-de Groot, 1921-1939: Psychoanalysis and Politics in the Interwar Years

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2022
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 156
  • Category :
  • Catalogue No : 96709
  • ISBN 13 : 9781032213811
  • ISBN 10 : 9781032213

Reviews and Endorsements

"Gertie Bögels makes accessible 76 carefully annotated letters written by Sigmund Freud to Jeanne Lampl-de Groot between 1921 and 1939. They show him as a colleague, a helper, a scientist, and a critical observer of the current political situation. Unfortunately, Lampl-de Groot had her letters to Freud destroyed. Nonetheless, the book deftly places her personality and the details of her life in historical context, and the reader will get to know her as a young woman making a place for female identity, not only in psychoanalytic theory but also as an active participant in the political debates within the international psychoanalytic movement of the time." - Stephan Hau (Psychoanalyst, IPA), Professor for Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology, Stockholm University.

"What a beautiful book! It introduces us to an elderly Freud captivated by a young, ambitious Dutch woman who becomes a noted analyst and one of his confidantes. I was particularly impressed by Freud’s creativity and grandfatherly cordiality as he works tirelessly on into old age while bearing the pain and complications of his cancer with dignity." - Marc Hebbrecht, MD, psychiatrist, training analyst of the Belgian Society of Psychoanalysis.

"Over his lifetime, Sigmund Freud wrote thousands of letters to important contemporaries, colleagues, and friends, including more than 70 letters to Jeanne Lampl-de Groot. These letters give us a vivid glimpse into his relationship with a promising young doctor, who later became a close friend of the Freud family, and a female Nestor of the Dutch Psychoanalytic Society. The letters also reflect the cultural and political upheavals that marked the interwar years." - Suzy Schipper, psychoanalyst; clinical psychologist; member, Dutch Psychoanalytic Society.

Bögels’ beautifully and expertly edited and annotated book Sigmund Freud: Letters to Jeanne Lampl-de Groot 1921-1939 presents for the first time Sigmund Freud’s correspondence between 1921 and 1939 with the renowned Dutch psychoanalyst Jeanne Lampl-de Groot. This major contribution to the psychoanalytic literature shows a personable, supportive, and deeply engaged Freud, who as Jeanne’s psychoanalyst, friend, and mentor also provides astute commentary on psychoanalytic developments and societal issues, including the rising Austrian/ German anti-Semitism. Additionally, Bögels introduces Jeanne Lampl-de Groot through her intelligent, passionate letters to her parents, and we learn how her innovative conceptions on female psychosexual development influenced Freud. - Rita Teusch, Ph.D. Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

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