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Ginsburg, L.M. (2004). Sigmund Freud as a Twenty-One-Year-Old Letter Writer and Admirer of Bret Harte. Free Associations, 11(4):569-578.

(2004). Free Associations, 11(4):569-578

Sigmund Freud as a Twenty-One-Year-Old Letter Writer and Admirer of Bret Harte

Lawrence M. Ginsburg

Sigmund Freud was a prolific letter writer. In a letter he wrote to Eduard Silberstein, his adolescent confidant and periodic correspondent while pursuing their respective University studies, he extolled a composition of Bret Harte which might have been especially salient to the twenty-one-year-old Freud's own contemporaneous ‘lot in life.’ How it could have served as a palliative for his persistent contemplation of morbid thoughts may be found in Max Schur's analysis of a segment of the aged Freud's correspondence with Marie Bonaparte six decades later.

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