The Revised Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud: 24-Volume Set

Author(s) : Sigmund Freud, Editor : Mark Solms

The Revised Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud: 24-Volume Set

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  • Publisher : Rowman and Littlefield
  • Published : June 2024
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 7884
  • Category :
    Forthcoming
  • Category 2 :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 97596
  • ISBN 13 : 9781538175163
  • ISBN 10 : 1538175169
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The wholly updated Revised Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud (RSE) is grounded in James Strachey’s canonical translation while annotating and clarifying conceptual and lexicographic ambiguities in both the translation and Freud’s original text. The Revised Standard Edition supplements Freud’s writing with substantial editorial commentaries addressing controversial technical terms and translation issues through the lens of modern scholarship. It also includes 56 essays, notes, and letters that were not included in the earlier Standard Edition.

-New Freud material, including 56 essays and letters, etc., never before translated into English, revealing new insights into his views on controversial topics such as homosexuality, Christianity, and the United States of America

-New content underlined to highlight what is different, including corrections of mistakes in the original translation as well as new, clearer translation of many passages

-New annotations in the margins giving the original German technical terms

-New editorial material and translation notes

-New glossary concerning the translation of key terms

-New photographic illustrations

-New indexes (including an Index of Names, Index of Subjects, and Index of Editorial Annotations) in a comprehensive index for the 24-volume set, and individual volume indexes

-New and massively expanded Freud bibliography

-Entirely new 24th volume to the set

-Standard Edition pagination is recorded in square brackets in the margins of the Revised Standard Edition to facilitate cross-referencing

Reviews and Endorsements

The RSE is a work of immense historical, theoretical, clinical, and cultural value to scholars, practitioners, students, and the general public. Solms has meticulously reviewed SE language for errors, set in context complex meanings of technical terms, and provided end notes that expand and update the understanding of original texts. This monumental editorial revision brilliantly illuminates the roots and meanings of Freud’s thinking.
Harriet L. Wolfe, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, University of California San Francisco; President, International Psychoanalytical Association

The Herculean effort by Mark Solms to publish the Revised Standard Edition of Freud’s writings is one of the most important scholarly works in the last 30 years, and not only in the field of psychoanalysis. The new papers by Freud that Solms has added (both translated and edited by him) make it possible to understand much better than before the continuity between Freud’s work as a neuroscientist and as the discoverer of psychoanalysis. Solms’s attempt to correct (as far as possible) the mistakes and misinterpretations in Strachey’s translations, together with the flexibility provided by his new glossary of technical terms, makes the RSE the new tool for understanding Freud in the 21st century.
Riccardo Steiner, PhD, Distinguished Fellow of The British Psychoanalytical Society, London

The task of a Revised Standard Edition is reanimation and creative repetition—the values that psychoanalysis itself promotes. How to stay true to Freud, to Strachey, and at the same time open our eyes to the human condition? The editorial decisions here are bold, courageous, thoughtful, and well-explained. This is remembering in the deepest sense.
Jonathan Lear, PhD, Professor, Committee on Social Thought, the University of Chicago

Extending and, on many fronts, exceeding the earlier work of Freud translators (e.g., James & Alix Strachey and Alan Tyson, Joan Riviere), Freud biographers (e.g., Ernest Jones, Peter Gay) and Freud scholars (e.g., Kurt Eissler, Harold Blum, and Norman Kiell), Mark Solms has produced a revised version of Freud’s majestic Standard Edition. Besides ‘silent corrections’ of minor lexical and syntactical slip-ups, Solms’s version rectifies omissions, corrects prior misreadings, provides richer context to many of Freud’s papers, clarifies hazy collaborations, and recovers from the gluttonous dustbin of history certain significant deleted portions of Freud’s text. Solms’s proposals frequently emanate from his retrieval and review of Freud’s original, often hand-written, manuscripts in German. The effort has the stamp of meticulous scholarship and unfailing, tender devotion to truth. The work Solms offers us is a truly remarkable addition to our professional literature and is bound to become memorable!
Salman Akhtar, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Jefferson Medical College, Training & Supervising Analyst, Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

Over the past 30 years Professor Mark Solms has undertaken the mammoth task of revising Freud’s oeuvre with impressive scholarship. This much-awaited Revised Standard Edition of Freud’s complete works will be an indispensable tool for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, neurologists, and philosophers, as well as those working in the humanities, and anyone who wishes to immerse themselves in the writings of this revolutionary thinker and founder of psychoanalysis.
Rosine Jozef Perelberg, Distinguished Fellow and past President of the British Psychoanalytical Society

Many years of meticulous scholarship, careful consultation with others, daunting decision-making, and passionate attention to Freud’s thought and prose have come to fruition in Mark Solms’s revision of James Strachey’s translation of the Standard Edition. The result: a fatter, fitter Freud—with expanded introductions, updated footnotes, and a bibliography four times the size of the old one—a Freud for generations to come.
Siri Hustvedt, PhD, Weil Cornell Medical College

Table of Contents


Volume 1 - Pre-Psychoanalytic Publications and Unpublished Drafts 1886–1899
Volume 2 - Studies on Hysteria (Josef Breuer and Sigmund Freud) 1893–1895
Volume 3 - Early Psychoanalytic Publications 1893–1899
Volume 4 - The Interpretation of Dreams (First Part) 1900
Volume 5 - The Interpretation of Dreams (Second Part) and on Dreams 1900–1901
Volume 6 - The Psychopathology of Everyday Life 1901
Volume 7 - A Case of Hysteria, Three Essays on Sexuality and Other Works 1901–1905
Volume 8 - Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious 1905
Volume 9 - Jensen’s ‘Gradiva’ and Other Works 1906–1909
Volume 10 - Two Case Histories (‘Little Hans’ and the ‘Rat Man’) 1909
Volume 11 - Five Lectures on Psychoanalysis, Leonardo da Vinci and Other Works 1910–1912
Volume 12 - The Case of Schreber, Papers on Technique and Other Works 1910–1914
Volume 13 - Totem and Taboo and Other Works 1913–1914
Volume 14 - On the History of the Psychoanalytic Movement, Papers on Metapsychology and Other Works 1914–1916
Volume 15 - Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (Parts I and II) 1915–1916
Volume 16 - Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (Part III) 1916–1917
Volume 17 - An Infantile Neurosis and Other Works 1917–1919
Volume 18 - Beyond the Pleasure Principle, Group Psychology and Other Works 1920–1922
Volume 19 - The Ego and the Id and Other Works 1923–1925
Volume 20 - An Autobiographical Study, Inhibitions, Symptoms and Anxiety, The Question of Lay Analysis and Other Works 1925–1926
Volume 21 - The Future of an Illusion, Civilization and its Discontents and Other Works 1927–1931
Volume 22 - New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis and Other Works 1932–1938
Volume 23 - Moses and Monotheism, An Outline of Psychoanalysis and Other Works 1937–1939
Volume 24 - Translation Notes, Indexes and Bibliographies

About the Author(s)

Sigmund Freud was born in 1856 in Moravia; from 1860 until Hitler's invasion of Austria in 1938 he lived in Vienna. He was then forced to seek asylum in London, where he died the following year. He began his career as a doctor, specialising in work on the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system. He was almost thirty when his interests first turned to psychology, and during ten years of clinical work in Vienna he developed the practice of what he called ""psychoanalysis"". This began simply as a method of treating neurotic patients by investigating their minds, but it quickly grew into an investigation of the workings of the mind in general, both ill or healthy. Freud demonstrated the normal development of the sexual instinct in childhood and, largely on the basis of an examination of dreams, arrived at his fundamental discovery of the unconscious forces that influence our everyday thoughts and actions. Freud's ideas have shaped not only many specialist disciplines, but have also influenced the entire intellectual climate of the last century.

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Mark Solms is a psychoanalyst and neuropsychologist. He is Professor in Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), Honorary Lecturer in Neurosurgery at the St Bartholomew’s and Royal London School of Medicine, Director of the Arnold Pfeffer Center for Neuropsychoanalysis at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and Chair of the Research Committee of the International Psychoanalytical Association. He is President of the South African Psychoanalytical Association, Associate Member of the British Psychoanalytical Society, Honorary Member of the New York Psychoanalytic Society, and Member of the South African Clinical Neuropsychology Association and of the British Neuropsychological Society. He is a Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa, and Honorary Fellow of the American College of Psychoanalysts and of the American College of Psychiatrists. He has won many prestigious awards, including the Sigourney Award. He has authored a multitude of chapters, articles and books including The Neuropsychology of Dreams (1997), and was founding editor of the journal Neuropsychoanalysis.

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