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Seidenberg, R. (1967). Theatre in the Twentieth Century: Edited by Robert W. Corrigan. New York: Grove Press, Inc., 1965. 320 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 36:121-122.

(1967). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 36:121-122

Theatre in the Twentieth Century: Edited by Robert W. Corrigan. New York: Grove Press, Inc., 1965. 320 pp.

Review by:
Robert Seidenberg

These essays by famous men (and no women) appeared in the Tulane Drama Review during the years 1956-1961. The book offers 'cameos' of the great, without a central theme, a hasty job with not enough concern for accuracy or scholarship.

There are three groups of writers: playwrights, artists, and critics. Playwrights writing about their vision and their method include Miller, Ionesco, Brecht, and Sartre. The critics similarly speak for themselves, but the artists, apart from the directors, are largely spoken for. Freud's essay on Psychopathic Characters on the Stage is included. It, however, deals mainly with the metapsychology of audiences and has little to do with the artist and acting. Unfortunately, this brief piece is unrepresentative of Freud and psychoanalysis; it was better left unanthologized and better yet unpublished, unless for historical reasons. In fact, Freud himself never did have it published. It appeared for the first time in THE PSYCHOANALYTIC QUARTERLY in 1942 (not in 1952 as Mr. Corrigan's all too brief footnote indicates) and it appears with proper introduction in volume seven of the Standard Edition. No mention is made that Freud wrote it in 1905 or 1906.

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