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Szilágyi, G. (1920). Psycho-Analytical Literature in Hungarian. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 1:459-462.

(1920). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 1:459-462

Psycho-Analytical Literature in Hungarian

Géza Szilágyi


During the years 1914—1919 Hungarian psycho-analytical literature received its greatest enrichment through the translation of Freud's works, as well as by an edition of Ferenczi's collected articles which had previously appeared singly. The fact that Freud's translated works have already passed through several editions since their first appearance is sufficient proof of the increasing interest in Hungary for Psycho-Analysis.

The review of Freud's works by Varjas (48) calls for special mention. He lays stress on the point that Freud's epoch-making hypothesis of the origin of totem and taboo is truly pioneer and differs from all other hypotheses in that it possesses a future but no past.

Next in importance to the translation of Freud's work comes the collected edition of Ferenczi's articles. We thoroughly endorse Freud's dictum in his "History of the Psycho-Analytical Movement" that "Hungary has contributed one fellow worker only in Psycho-Analysis, but in S. Ferenczi one who outweighs a whole society". Ferenczi's earlier writings which appeared before 1914 have already passed through two editions (10), (11) and in addition he has published three new volumes of valuable material, the most recent of which appeared at the same time in German. The contents of this work will be elsewhere reviewed.

Of the reviews of Ferenczi's works, those by Hollós (25), (26) are worth special notice.

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