"Freud in Exile" by Naomi Segal

Freud in Exile Psychoanalysis and Its Vicissitudes Naomi Segal, Edward Timms

Publication date:
27 Jul 1988
Yale University Press
352 pages: 235 x 156mm
20 b-w illus.


This book, featuring contributions from some of the world’s most eminent Freud scholars, marks the fiftieth anniversary of Freud’s arrival in London as an exile from occupied Austria—an event regarded by many as a decisive turning point in modern cultural history [or for psych. media: in the history of psychoanalysis]. Based on a broad range of documentation, and using illustrations from the Freud archives (many of them reproduced here for the first time), this volume demonstrates how Freud’s exile stimulated the growth of psychoanalysis in the English-speaking world and provides an important reassessment of Freud’s contribution to twentieth-century thought.

"Freud in Exile is a splendid example of the best sort of modern scholarship. It consists of revised versions of papers presented at a 1986 symposium to celebrate the opening of the Freud Museum in London; the publication was timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Freud?s arrival in England."?Paul Roazen, American Journal of Psychiatry

"A pleasant tour through various facets of Freud?s and Freudian psychology?s passage into the modern-English-speaking world."?Charles Keith, American Journal of Psychotherapy

"The authors have written a lucid summary of the book?s contents. Freud scholars will find the endnotes and sources of great help, and while they fill gaps in their knowledge of the blossoming Freud industry, they will probably agree the book is as much a pleasure to own and reread as it is an essential source for research. Because of the scholarly discussions in many of the essays, and the revelations among new sources, this work is essential for university libraries and scholarly collectors. . . . This reviewer found that each essay had something unusual and new to offer."?Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences

"What emerges from this lively volume . . . is a sense that psychoanalysis has been affected by the cultures in which it found itself, both in its natural migration as a science and in its forced migration under the onslaught of Hitler and World War II. . . . The editors and authors are to be congratulated for producing an exciting volume."?Abraham Zaleznik, Psychoanalytic Quarterly

"The contributors of this volume and its editors are to be congratulated on the production of a superior work, a book that contains much of value to all students of psychoanalysis. Parts of it have an inspirational quality. It is easy to recommend the reading of these essays."?Nathan Roth, M.D., JAAP

"An exceedingly rich and varied contribution that will be of interest no only to psychoanalysts but also to anyone interested in the intellectual history of 20th-century culture."?Paul L. Wachtel, Contemporary Psychology

"This is a fascinating collection of papers on Freud?s concerns at the time of his arrival in London 50 years ago. . . . There are important new ideas here for biographers and historians, as well as students of psychology. This well-edited volume with be a useful companion."?D.A. David, Choice

"The fresh growth predicted in this wide-ranging book offers special promise for the American scene. It is a pleasing prospect for the reviewer, too, who watched his passion for Freud?s writing steadily diminish in a climate of standard teaching and thinking."?Leston Havens, New York Times Book Review

"The contributors were judiciously chosen and the material is well organized into four sections, the first dealing with the origins of the psychoanalytical movement, the second with its progress in England after Freud started corresponding with Ernest Jones in 1908, the third with problems of translation, and the fourth with current developments and future prospects."?Ronald Hayman, Times Educational Supplement

"Readers who are still impatient to discover the true importance of Freud and his science nowadays should [turn to] Freud in Exile, a collection of papers commemorating the arrival of Freud in England in 1938, at the age of 82, when he was forced out of Vienna by the Nazis."?Economist

"Beginning with Freud himself, psychoanalysts have tended to be excellent writers, gifted with a terrifying directness. Freud in Exile-an anthology of scholarly essays loosely connected with Freud?s last years in London, and with his followers? lives after fleeing Nazi Germany-contains material for about six non-fiction bestsellers and a couple of historical novels."?James M. Rawley, National Review