Freud: a Life for Our Time Paperback – 14 Jul 1999
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Elegant . . . puts Freud's life into the context of his time while attempting to explain him for readers who cannot escape his shadow. In Gay's hands, the Olympian figure is almost within mortal reach. -- Michael Skube
Elegant . . . puts Freud 's life into the context of his time while attempting to explain him for readers who cannot escape his shadow. In Gay 's hands, the Olympian figure is almost within mortal reach. --Michael Skube
Intelligent and wholly absorbing. . . . Judicious, original biography, scrupulously grounded in close readings of [Freud s] work. --Michiko Kakutani"
Remarkable . . . briskly traces the story of Freud s life and education, deftly weaving the familiar narrative with a style that makes it seem fresh and lively. "
A magisterial contribution to the history of ideas. A fresh, illuminating perspective on one of the pivotal figures of our time. --J Anthony Lukas"
Elegant . . . puts Freud s life into the context of his time while attempting to explain him for readers who cannot escape his shadow. In Gay s hands, the Olympian figure is almost within mortal reach. --Michael Skube"
Brilliant. . . . A dazzling performance. . . . Gay s ability to integrate into a coherent whole the vast published and unpublished literature on Freud including hundreds of previously unknown or inaccessible letters is awesome. . . . A work of art. --Jonathan Sharp" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Peter Gay (1923 2015) was the author of more than twenty-five books, including the National Book Award winner The Enlightenment, the best-selling Weimar Culture, and the widely translated Freud: A Life for Our Time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It is powerful altogether and is a gripping read. I strongly recommend this book if you are a Freud student as it is full of previously unknown snippets of information.
A truly momentous work so it is.
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It seem to the author that Freud's life really didn't start until he published his famous book, Interpretation of Dreams. Roughly a hundred pages covered his life prior to that and rest of 550 pages covered his life after that. There is another 150 pages of source materials and index just to let you know how thick this book can be. (Hardback)
It should be warned that due to an overwhelming amount of information provided in this book, most of the first time readers into Freud's life would probably suffer from information overload. Many of the technical terms used in Freud's work were not meant for casual readers. This biography is quite complex in nature and content. I would recommend reading couple of shorter and simpler biographies on Freud before moving up to this book. If not, you will just slog through this book like being stuck in a giant swamp of information.
His group-breaking advances are explained in detail as well as his ideas on several modern practices he patented - therapy, the id, ego and superego, guilt, eroticism. It was the latter on which he rested his claim for in his exploration of sexuality he thinks he has discovered the core of each of us. We are, he states, sexual creatures and all our decisions and thought processes are geared around that fact.
The triune history - Freud's, psychotherapy, Europe - combine to form a dazzling work in which the author shows a real empathy for his subject. One of the best around.
In particular, I admired his scrupulous work habits and his intensity at task. Gay has written a daunting and impressive biography. I would have liked more information about the imapct of his ideas and the way they are received today, but then again that may have filled another book. Apart from that, I cannot fault the research that went into this book and the style with which it is written.
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