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4.0 out of 5 stars Less a review, than info on the contents..., 24 Jan 2007
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Poison Penny (London, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Penguin Freud Reader (Penguin Modern Classics Translated Texts) (Paperback)
It's a good overview of Freud's work, and as the information is nowhere to be found on the internet, I thought it might be useful to list the contents so people could see what was actually included in it:-

An Outline of Psychoanalysis

The Splitting of the Ego in Defence Processes

Letter to Romain Rolland (A Disturbance of Memory on the Acropolis)

Constructions in Analysis

Fetishism

Negation

Note on the 'Magic Notepad'

'Psychoanalysis' and 'Libido Theory'

Beyond the Pleasure Principle

From the History of an Infantile Neurosis (The 'Wolfman')

Mourning and Melancholia

Lapses

Observations on Love in Transference

On the Psychology of the Grammar-school boy

On the Introduction of Narcissism

Remembering, Repeating, and Working Through

from: Contributions to the Psychology of Erotic Life

Formulations on the Two Principles of Psychic Functioning

Family Romances

Hysterical Phantasies and their Relation to Bisexuality

Fragment of an Analysis of Hysteria (Dora)

Screen Memories

Humour
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freud is too damned honest and too damned cute!, 17 April 2011
This review is from: The Penguin Freud Reader (Penguin Modern Classics Translated Texts) (Paperback)
A wonderful selection of Freud's writing with new translations that are truly a relief from the old and flawed Strachey standard edition. The different translators offer many things with each text, depending on how it differs from other translations such as the Strachey (notes included show the travesty of Strachey's translation and omission of important details) edition, or their own explanatory notes, Freud's included, that gives Freud more facets. Also the texts are complete, for the most part i think there is only one excerpt, compared to the Freud reader edited by Peter Gay that is made up of excerpts. Again this is a great place to start with Freud, or a great book to "return to Freud" (Lacan's urgency), to revisit the text with new fresh translations (such as "Negation," "Beyond the Pleasure Principle," and "On the Introduction of Narcissism" incorrectly translated as "On Narcissism: an introduction"). The only thing that is not included in all the Penguin Freud is no index, but apart from that a succinct compilation.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freud as 'reader', 13 Mar 2007
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This review is from: The Penguin Freud Reader (Penguin Modern Classics Translated Texts) (Paperback)
This is worthwhile purchase. As Adam Philips says in his introduction: 'it is the aim of 'The Penguin Freud Reader' not to introduce people to pychoanalysis as a therapy, which can only be done by trying it out; nor to provide a comprehensive selection of Freud's writing, which would merely reveal more about the selector than the selected; nor to take it for granted that a 'great writer' is here on show, when Freud himself had so much to tell us and did so much to ironize our wishes for greatness. It is, rather, the aim of this Reader to enable the curious, who are by definition not the converted, to discover what, if anything, is so haunting about Freud's writing.'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to Freud, 3 Oct 2014
This review is from: The Penguin Freud Reader (Penguin Modern Classics Translated Texts) (Paperback)
Freud is surprising readable and engaging on his topic, even if the reader does not necessarily agree with his assumptions! This seems to cover the main points and areas which one would expect, and includes essays about the main theories we have all heard of (the pleasure principle, the Oedipus complex) as well as any others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Contains the humour essay, 17 Nov 2012
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I bought this book because I wanted the humour essay. In addition to this it contains a good range of other writings which give a thorough introduction to Freud's work. I gave it 4 stars because I'm not sure why an intoductory reader of this nature would use the german es, ich and uber-ich, rather than the latinised Id, Ego and Super Ego which is more normal in English language studies of Freud, the rest of the work is translated so why not the subject specific terms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book but not trivial, 13 Feb 2011
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Freud with this book changed my life, the way I perceive myself and the society. If all the concepts I went through are actually confirmed in modern psichoanalysis the man taught me a great deal. However don't expect a light reading (at least after the first few chapters). Freud really liked writing and his concepts are both revolutionary but very hard to grasp. This book has been written for other doctors (I'm just a lay man) but it's a life-changing experience.
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