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The Life And Work of Sigmund Freud Paperback – 29 Jul 1993
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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
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.