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S., J. (1940). The American Imago: Vol. I, Nos. 1 and 2. (Published by Dr. Hanns Sachs, 168, Marlborough Street, Boston, Mass., 1939–40.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 21:372-373.

(1940). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 21:372-373

The American Imago: Vol. I, Nos. 1 and 2. (Published by Dr. Hanns Sachs, 168, Marlborough Street, Boston, Mass., 1939–40.)

Review by:
J. S.

Here is a most welcome addition to the small and diminishing ranks of the purely psycho-analytical periodicals. It is no secret that Freud himself took a particular interest in it, though he did not live to see its actual appearance, for it is devoted to the aspect of psycho-analysis which was his own favourite one—its application to the arts and sciences. He was keenly disappointed when circumstances made it necessary to merge the original Imago with the Internationale Zeitschrift; so that its re-emergence as an independent entity in America could not fail to give him much satisfaction, particularly since its editor, Dr. Hanns Sachs, was one of the joint editors of the first Imago when it began to appear in Vienna in 1912.

The new publication shows every promise of carrying on the old tradition. We can only make a brief mention of a few of the contents of the first two issues. Dr. Fenichel discusses 'The Psycho-Analysis of Antisemitism' in a paper written before the publication of Freud's Moses, with which it is interesting to compare it. Dr. Theodor Reik gives a reconstruction of a lecture upon a particular instance of a phenomenon in the psychopathology of everyday life delivered by Freud in 1913 but never written down or published by him. There is a first instalment of a comprehensive study by Dr. Róheim upon 'The Dragon and the Hero', which is of particular interest from the light it throws from ethnological sources upon Mrs. Klein's hypotheses in regard to incorporated objects. And finally there is a long essay by Dr. Sachs himself upon Measure for Measure, that most Shakespearean of Shakespeare's plays.

If we have a criticism of the journal to make it can only be upon formal and stylistic grounds.

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