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Drawing upon both published and unpublished material, this book shows how Freud's theories were influenced by his own development. Isbister traces Freud's work from the early pre-analytic phase to his key studies of dreams, parapraxes and jokes.
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"There is something new here... Isbister has attempted a synthesis of where we stand in Freud scholarship after the latest wave of revisionism. As a summing up of this wave, it is of great value."
'"sbister's book is like an oasis in the desert. He intelligently avoids one sidedness and partiality. He goes beyond any prejudice and achieves, globally an objective, balanced perception."
Pablo Martinez, Christian Arena
"There is a quality of freshness and tempered enthusiasm in his writing which, ... makes for enjoyable reading; ... Isbister correlates the life and the work in ways that are interesting and sometimes illuminating."
Times Literary Supplement
"This brilliant and clearly written book provides a highly accessible introduction to Freud, the father of psycho-analysis."
The Guardian Press
Integrating Freud's life with his theories, the author has provided a concise but insightful biographical study focused on Freud's early and middle years. A penchant for destroying personal papers plus his need to defend and exemplify his theorizing laid Freud's autobiographical writings open to skepticism: since the death of Anna Freud and the struggle for the control of the Freud Archives a new breed of scholars commands the field. It should be noted that Isbister is indebted in part to the (unpublished) scholarship of Peter Swales. Notable in this book are: some new scholarship, the recommended reading list, and a modest attempt to dispute Freud's negative estimate of human nature. For large public and undergraduate libraries. Kay Webb O'Connell, Washington State Lib., Olympia
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Book Description Blackwell Pub, 1985. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0745600131