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Illing, H.A. (1966). Bausteine Zur Psychoanalyse. By Sandor Ferenczi. Berne (Switzerland): Verlag Hans Huber, 1964 (4 vols.).. Am. J. Psychoanal., 26(1):102-102.

(1966). American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 26(1):102-102

Bausteine Zur Psychoanalyse. By Sandor Ferenczi. Berne (Switzerland): Verlag Hans Huber, 1964 (4 vols.).

Review by:
Hans A. Illing, Ph.D.

Ferenczi is considered by many students of psychoanalysis as Freud's most important disciple. He was the author of numerous classical writings which have been quoted over and over again. Some of his other writings were, and still are, objects of bitter argument. Although Ferenczi wrote his papers and books in German, most of them were not available to the German reader for more than twenty years. Whoever wanted to consult Ferenczi's original text had to be satisfied with one of the few existing editions or with English translations, but both of these constituted only a small portion of his writings.

The present publication is a reprint of the original work in four volumes. Volumes 1 and 2 were published by Ferenczi himself in 1927, Volumes 3 and 4 by his disciples posthumously in the year of his death, 1938. The last volume contains footnotes to Ferenczi's writings, fragments and sundry publications which the disciples found in various journals, and include a complete bibliography of Ferenczi's writings, book reviews, indices, and a eulogy.

The Foreword by Michael Balint of London is brief and to the point. He is very likely correct when he assumes that the present reprint is a necessity, a welcome addition to the history of psychoanalysis. Basic Books will publish soon a two-volume set entitled Pioneers of Psychoanalysis, and it will contain a biography of Sandor Ferenczi.

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