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A Dream of Undying Fame: How Freud Betrayed His Mentor and Invented Psychoanalysis
by Louis Breger
In 1877, a young Freud met an established physician named Josef Breuer and they began a collaboration that would lead to the publication of the classic work, Studies on Hysteria. But by the time it released, Freud was moving to establish himself as a major figure in the treatment of mentally ill patients, and would let no one stand in his way. He consequently minimized Bre ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Basic Books
(first published 2009)
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A Dream of Undying Fame is something of a rare and amazing thing -- a weighty but short book about Sigmund Freud. Few tasks in biography can be more difficult than penning a brief book about Freud, one of the twentieth century's most iconic figures as well as a prolific producer of books, articles and concepts. Freud was complicated and fascinating, a man identified with probing into the deepest recesses of the psyche, but who kept his own interior life shrouded in mystery. He revolutionized the ...more
This is an excellent easy to read book about Freud and the beginnings of psychoanalysis. It provides a fascinating account of the relationship between Freud and his mentor Breuer, particularly around where their ideas converged and the significant points of difference. Throughout the book is the theme that Freud's genius is marred by his pursuit of notoriety, that his need for professional recognition would at times blind him to the unique needs of each of his patients, e.g., Freud's preoccupati ...more
Fascinating picture of who Freud really was professionally and personally and, of course, WHY he was. So many Freud studies are written by acolytes and are a bit whitewashed. This portrays the man with all of his warts. He is especially diminished next to the humane, humble Breuer who not only mentored him, but supported him financially through rocky times. This is an extremely accessible, yet scientific portrait of one man who changed western thought.
The book is not great, but has some useful information. Specially biographical info on Josef Breuer and Anna O. The main problem I found is the poor judgment of the author and the lack of comprehension of the freudian theories and methods. The title of the book already shows the kind of discussion the author will try to conduct, but he does that so poorly that not even once you are led to agree with him.