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The Freud Reader [Paperback]

Peter Gay
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4 May 1995

Freudian thought permeates virtually every aspect of 20th century life. To understand Freud is to explore not only his scientific papers but also his vivid writings on art, literature, politics, religion and culture.

The Freud Reader is the first single-volume work to bring together in accessible form Freud's ideas as a scientist, humanist, doctor and philosopher. It contains fifty-one key texts, spanning Freud's entire career from early case histories through his work on dreams, essays on sexuality, and on to his late writings, including Civilisation and Its Discontents.

Peter Gay, a leading scholar of Freud, has put together this selection to provide a full portrait of Freud's thought. He has also written clear introductions to the selected texts and a general introduction which places the man and his work in the context of his time and culture.

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  • Paperback: 880 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics (4 May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099577119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099577119
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Freud] was possessed of exceptional literary gifts. There can be no question that he was a great writer: to read him is to be beguiled by him... His influence on all of us was enormous, and it would be as impossible to return to a pre-Freudian way of thinking as to return to a pre-heliocentric theory of the solar system" (The Times)

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Arguably the most comprehensive selection of Freud's work, The Freud Reader spans his career, from the early case histories to his later theories, and including essays on art, literature, politics, religion and culture.

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From the mid-1880s on, after foraging among a variety of medical subjects, Freud increasingly concentrated on mental illnesses. Read the first page
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just a perfect book perfect for the beginner 14 Aug 1998
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Followers of Freud across the world should be greatful to Mr Gay for compiling such an enormous and elaborate volume on Sigmund Freud. I have not come across any book on Frued which is so comprehensive yet does not seem to drag on about trivial details. It is like having a converstaion with Freud, perhaps even better because you can skip and chose the subject at will. The book gives a complete run down on all the major and some minor works of Freud, some in the form of lectures for the novice while others are for beginners. It has something for every body. While not many will agree with Freud's prognosis on Da Vinci, Nabokov, Michealangelo etc., we should consider ourselves fortunate enought that soemone offered to traverse through the thought processes of these geniuses and tried to split open their hidden personalities. Until we find a better explanation of what drives humans towards homo sexuality or why success leads people towards melancholy and why do we get recurring dreams about failure or flight fanatasy, Sigmund Freud shall continue to occupy the mantle which is fit only for a 20th century prophet. To bring his work to light in an accessible form, we owe gratitude to Mr Gay
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference 13 Nov 2009
This is an excellent Reader with many of the most famous and useful papers that make up the definitive Freud. Certainly a helpful guide for the student who finds wading through the complete works of Freud too much of a labour intensive experience.I should say a must reference book for anyone who wants a cross section of the huge output of this man. Well presented and indexed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything in one book 21 Mar 2009
This book contains extracts and important parts of Freuds work. From his work on dream interpretations, to the theory of sexuality. It is easy to read and makes for a very interesting read. Definitly worth buying.
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