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  • Hardcover: 522 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; First Edition edition (2 Mar. 1957)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465040152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465040155
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 11.7 x 16.3 cm
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Macca, Nottingham on 12 Nov. 2011
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Tough going but excellent!

Superb account of this most amazing man! A book to have on your book shelf for when visitors need something interesting to look through
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Steven H Propp - Published on
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Alfred Ernest Jones (1879-1958) was a Welsh psychoanalyst, and close associate of Sigmund Freud. While this account was written by a committed Freudian (and one who actively worked to exclude Jung from Frued), it is nevertheless filled with insights and details that are essential to a knowledge of Freud. Jones includes in detail (throughout all three volumes) Freud's life and works, of course, but the real value of Jones' book is the detail of the record given, and Jones' own insightful comments.

For example, "Freud took elaborate measures to secure his privacy, especially concerning his early life. On two occasions he completely destroyed all his correspondence, notes, diaries, and manuscripts." (Jones also notes that Frend deliberately suppressed a 1885 paper he wrote advocating injecting of cocaine.)

"In tracing ... the genesis of Freud's original discoveries, we may therefore legitimately consider that the greatest of them---namely, the universality of the Oedipus complex---was potentially facilitated by his own unusual family constellation, the spur it gave to his curiosity, and the opportunity it afforded of a complete repression."

"When he got hold of a simple but significant fact he would feel, and know, that it was an example of something general and universal, and the idea of collecting statistics on the matter was quite alien to him. It is one of the things for which other, more humdrum, workers have reproached him, but nevertheless that is the way the mind of a genius works."

Jones summarizes a 1917 essay Freud wrote as describing "the three great blows man's pride had suffered at the hands of science, his displacement from the center of the universe, then from a unique position in the animal world, and lastly the discovery that he was not master of his own mind."

However, Jones is no sycophant: he wrote, "However unpalatable the idea may be to hero-worshippers, the truth has to be stated that Freud did not always possess the serenity and inner sureness so characteristic of him in the years when he was well known. The point has to be put more forcibly. There is ample evidence that for ten years or so---roughly comprising the nineties---he suffered from a very considerable psychoneurosis." "He at first accepted his patients' stories of their parents' sexual overtures towards them when they were children, but came to realize that the stories were simply phantasies derived from his patients' own childhood." Jones also notes that Freud published a lengthy study in 1911 on a patient that Frued had never seen; "It is based almost entirely on an autobiographical book written by a patient who had partially recovered from a severe attack of paranoia."

Jones places Freud's famous question to Marie Bonaparte ("What does a woman want?") in context, observing that "There is little doubt that Freud found the psychology of women more enigmatic than that of men.

Excerpts from his correspondence are included in their context, such as his October 29, 1918 letter to Oskar Pfister which stated, "As to your question why none of the godly discovered psychoanalysis, but only a godless Jew. Well, because piety is not the same as the genius for discovering, and because the godly were for a great part not worthy to bring such an achievement to fruition."

To a woman with a homosexual son, Freud wrote, "Homosexuality is assuredly no advantage, but it is nothing to be ashamed of, no vice, no degradation, it cannot be classified as an illness; we consider it to be a variation of the sexual function produced by a certain arrest of sexual development."

Jones notes that Freud "felt himself to be Jewish to the core, and it evidently meant a great deal to him. He had the common Jewish sensitiveness to the slightest hint of anti-Semitism and he made very few friends who were not Jews." Freud himself wrote, "We Jews have always known how to respect spiritual values. We preserved our unity through ideas, and because of them we have survived to this day." Jones notes that in 1938, "I was taken aback at discovering, though not for the first time, how naive in worldly matters a distinguished scientist can be. He asked me, 'Do you really think that the Germans are unkind to the Jews?' He was shocked when I described to him the bodily marks I had seen on friends who got away from concentration camps, but I daresay the impression I made was soon blotted out." Of course, when he departed Vienna for London, Freud added an ironic sentence to a statement he was forced to sign, "I can heartily recommend the Gestapo to anyone."

Even while suffering the torments of oral cancer, Freud refused any pain-killing drugs, saying that "I prefer to think in torment than not to be able to think clearly."

Freud was even capable of seeing beyond psychoanalysis: On January 15, 1930, he wrote to Marie Bonaparte, "We know that the mechanisms of the psychoses are in essence no different from those of the neuroses, but we do not have at our disposal the quantitative stimulation necessary for changing them. The hope of the future lies in organic chemistry or the access to it through endocrinology."

In terms of Freud's legacy, Jones provides examples such as that it is "no longer believed that punishment is a panacea when a small child exhibits continual tantrums, refuses to eat or persists in bed-wetting. The labeling of such behavior as 'nauhtiness' is being replaced by the recognition of a problem."

This 3-volume set is ESSENTIAL READING for anyone interested in Freud, psychoanalysis, or the development of modern culture.
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Do you want to know Freud? 3 Sept. 2009
By Jorge F. Maldonado Serrano - Published on
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The most complete study of Freud's Work and life. That explains why still today almost 50 years after it appeared, it is still a cited work.
Excellent Abridgement 22 Sept. 2014
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Freud's map of the unconscious has become obsolete. Anyone who accepts it needs to consult with an informed neurologist.

What's permanent and lasting in Freud is his vision of man as confined within a reality he never made that requires courage and stamina to endure. Freud once said that life was mostly suffering, but the small amount of pleasure and happiness that could be achieved made it worthwhile.

Ernest Jones three volume biography is much too long, but fortunately we have this excellent abridgement by Lionel Trilling and Steven Marcus. Though I've never read Jones, I think the editors have done justice to him, have in fact made his book a more lasting contribution, rather as Low did with Gibbon. (Trevor-Roper, for example, may have read Gibbon whole many times, but for non-historians Low's abridgement provides a solid meal, rather than a surfeit of delicacies.)

Freud's day as an influence of literary criticism is done--and for that matter so is literary criticism thanks to absurd "literary theory"--but if you want to understand why he meant so much to critics of the 1930s-40s-50s (especially Trilling) this is the book to read.
Wonderful book, great service 12 Oct. 2012
By mary brogan-sizemore - Published on
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I ordered this book after reading a library copy. It was so good, I just wanted to have it among my shelves. Detailed psychological bio of Freud, written by a former follower of his. Jones writes with sympathy, yet is clear about Freud's foibles and weaknesses.
perfect 5 Jun. 2013
By kevin schrammen - Published on
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this book is very informative about the scientist
i would tell every one to get it if they are intrested in
sigmund freud and dont want to ay hundreds of dollars for a college class
this will do the trick
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