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The quintessential volume of Lacan's writings, 12 Mar. 2003
Ecrits is one of the few pieces of work that Lacan prepared specifically for publication. He selected the papersd to be published from among his work and did most of the editing himself. This is in stark contrast to his published seminars which were edited by his son-in-law, Jacques-Alain Miller, although with the Master's approval. Lacan also selected the reduced number of papers that Alan Sheridan translated for his 'selection'. However, more recent reading of Lacan's work has cast doubt on Sheridan's translations. In many cases it was not entirely his fault, tied as he was to James Strachey's translations of many of Freud's concepts. However, the work of modern Lacanians, such as Bruce Fink has made a number of Sheridan's passages appear extremely suspect. It can also be argued that Sheridan and Lacan did not necessarily select the best papers from the original, Lacan's analysis of Edgar Allan Poe's short story 'The Purloined Letter' is a case in point here. With Bruce Fink's new retranslation of the selected Ecrits now available, and his translations of the remaining works hopefully soon to appear then these books could well be a better choice.