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Ferenczi, S. (1915). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, January 9, 1915. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919, 42.

Ferenczi, S. (1915). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, January 9, 1915. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919 , 42

Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, January 9, 1915 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sándor Ferenczi

Pápa, January 9, 1915

Dear Professor,

Already in Budapest I received a telegram1 to the effect that you won't come to Budapest but will send a “new manuscript.” Having arrived here, I have been waiting for days for the designated material, until finally I began to get the idea that it is perhaps a matter of a telegraphic displacement and that you are actually asking for your “Primal Scene” manuscript2 back. In spite of this, I am waiting before sending it until I learn the true content of your message. Please let me know soon, again by telegram, if necessary.

My stay in Budapest was interesting. Concurrently with a heterosexual onslaught (probably a reaction to the one-sidedly homosexual milieu in Pápa) there awoke in me the old intellectual masculinity; I worked myself up to some, I think, important ideas, which I promise to share with you.

Upon my return here I lapsed into laziness and passivity, until today (after a one-and-a-half-hour afternoon “nap”) I again awakened cheerfully, began to work, and effortlessly brought to light a second good group of ideas.

Too bad that we have to leave all this psychoanalytically unexamined!

Here (even high-up) military people are prophesying a long duration of the war (the end perhaps in October). I also think that both parties will rub each other sore in the extreme, and the one which still has some strength in reserve at the last moment will remain the winner.

My transfer is not impossible; in Budapest it seemed imminent. Unfortunately no sign since then.

Kind regards!



The writer Bródy,3 who is a friend of mine and writes interesting things, will look you up. Please receive him cordially and tell him about the things that he would like to know.

Notes to "Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, January 9, 1915"

1 The telegram has not been found.

2 The manuscript of the analysis of the Wolf-Man (Freud 1918b [1914]).

3 Sándor Brody (1863-1924), Hungarian journalist, dramaturge, novelist, and playwright; author of then-popular plays such as The Wet Nurse and The Teacher. He was especially interested in the status of women in society. See Eva Brabant, Ferenczi et l'école hongroise de psychanalyse (Paris, 1993), pp. 46f.

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