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Freud, S. (1917). Letter from Freud to Lou Andreas-Salomé, November 22, 1917. The International Psycho-Analytical Library, 89:67-68.

(1917). The International Psycho-Analytical Library, 89:67-68

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Sigmund Freud

22 Nov. 17
Vienna IX, Berggasse 19

Dear Frau Andreas

I have made an interesting contribution to human psychology by writing to you so briskly before you had sent off your offprints and then by promptly falling silent after they had arrived. No doubt the explanation lies in the demoralization which has gradually crept over us in the course of this war through the constant pressure which we have had to endure. An excuse for this silence would be the need which I feel to discuss with you face to face all the points you raise, instead of just writing about them, a need which cannot at the moment be satisfied.

But I should like to say the following on this point: I admire every time anew your skill in synthesis, which knits together the disjecta membra won through analysis and clothes them with living tissue. The unwitting multitude for whom you write will of course have even greater difficulty in recognizing the parts in the organism than they had in distinguishing the dissected and isolated members. Thus what I should really like would be to have the whole of your little book, intended only for me and the few initiates.

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