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Brierley, M. (1958). The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud: Translated from the German under the General Editorship of James Strachey, in collaboration with Anna Freud, assisted by Alix Strachey and Alan Tyson.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 39:421-422.
(1958). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 39:421-422
The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud: Translated from the German under the General Editorship of James Strachey, in collaboration with Anna Freud, assisted by Alix Strachey and Alan Tyson.
Review by: Marjorie Brierley
Vol. XI (1910). Five Lectures on Psycho-Analysis, Leonardo da Vinci, and Other Works.
Vol. XIV (1914–1916). On the History of the Psycho-Analytic Movement, Papers on Metapsychology, and Other Works.
(London: Hogarth, 1957. Pp. vi + 264; vii + 374. £36 the set of 24 vols.; sold only in sets.)
After a considerable lapse of time these two further volumes of the Standard Edition have appeared in quick succession, and one may hope this means that the remaining volumes will be published at not too long intervals. The general format—Editor's introduction, footnote annotations, bibliography, indexes, etc.—will be too familiar to readers by now to need description in detail. Both Vols. XI and XIV include works of great interest and importance, and the translation and editing are impeccable.
Vol. XI opens with the lectures that Freud wrote after their extempore delivery at Clark University, Massachusetts, in September 1909; a significant occasion because it was the first public recognition of psycho-analysis. The translation is new, and the series has been re-entitled 'Five Lectures on Psycho-Analysis'. They give a simple and lucid account of the genesis and early development of the young science, and present such a clear summary of the initial phases that Candidates might well benefit by reading this 'nutshell' exposition before studying Freud's other earlier writings in detail. Incidentally, the Editor dislikes translating 'Einfall' as 'association' and paraphrases it whenever possible, as indeed is the custom in every consulting-room.
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