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Strachey, J. (1923). August Strindberg: A Psychoanalytic Study with Special Reference to the Oedipus Complex. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 4:231-233.

(1923). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 4:231-233

August Strindberg: A Psychoanalytic Study with Special Reference to the Oedipus Complex

Review by:
James Strachey

By Axel Johan Uppvall. (Badger, Boston, 1921. Pp. 95. Price 2.50 Dollars.)

August Strindberg im Lichte seiner Selbstbiographie: eine psycho-pathologische Persönlichkeitsanalyse. By Dr. Alfred Storch (Tübingen). (Grenzfragen des Nerven- und Seelenlebens. No. III. Bergmann, Munich, 1921. Pp. 75.)

Strindberg und Van Gogh: Versuch einer pathographischen Analyse unter vergleichender Heranziehung von Swedenborg und Hölderlin. By Karl Jaspers, Dr. Med., Professor der Philosophie an der Universität Heidelberg. (Arbeiten zur angewandten Psychiatrie, No. 5. Bircher, Leipzig, 1922. Pp. 131.)

Few paraphrenics can have left behind them more voluminous material for an analysis than Strindberg. In the great German edition his works already fill over forty volumes, and there are many more to come. Of these a large number are either autobiographical or give direct expression to his own opinions and judgments; while his plays, novels, and short stories reveal the events of his life and the processes of his mind with a lack of disguise that is not often to be found in imaginative writings. Indeed, his passion for parading his most intimate affairs before the public, not merely during his life-time but almost immediately after their occurrence, is evidently to be regarded as one of the pathological features of his character. Moreover, in addition to this great bulk of self-revelation, there are a respectable number of more or less illuminating outside accounts of him by his contemporaries. It is perhaps the very quantity of the available material which has acted as a deterrent to commentators.

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