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Rycroft, C.F. (1951). Collected Papers on Psycho-Analysis: By Ella Freeman Sharpe, edited by Marjorie Brierley, with a Preface by Ernest Jones. (International Psycho-Analytical Library, No. 36. London: Hogarth Press and the Institute of Psycho-Analysis, 1950. Pp. 280. 21s.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 32:136-137.

(1951). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 32:136-137

Collected Papers on Psycho-Analysis: By Ella Freeman Sharpe, edited by Marjorie Brierley, with a Preface by Ernest Jones. (International Psycho-Analytical Library, No. 36. London: Hogarth Press and the Institute of Psycho-Analysis, 1950. Pp. 280. 21s.)

Review by:
C. F. Rycroft

Ella Sharpe's wide range of interests, both in clinical psycho-analysis and in the application of psycho-analysis to æsthetic problems, makes it impossible for the reviewer to attempt to do more than draw attention to a few aspects of the work of an analyst who possessed, in addition to her scientific knowledge, literary and imaginative gifts of an altogether exceptional kind.

The papers included in this volume have been divided by the editor into three groups. The first, Papers on Technique, contains seven lectures on this subject and 'The Psycho-Analyst' (1947), which was to have been the first chapter of a book entitled Talks to Students of Psycho-Analysis in preparation at the time of her death in 1947. In addition to the two papers on sublimation discussed later in this review, the second group contains 'Psycho-Physical Problems revealed in Language: an Examination of Metaphor' (1940), in which the evolution of metaphor is related to the acquisition of control over the bodily orifices, and 'Cautionary Tales' (1943), in which the development of defences against instinctual impulses is related to the child's discovery of real external dangers. The third group contains three papers on Shakespearean criticism and 'Francis Thompson: a Psycho-Analytical Study' (1925).

With the single exception of the paper on Francis Thompson, which is reprinted from the British Journal of Medical Psychology, all the papers have been previously published in the International Journal of Psycho-Analysis.

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