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Ferenczi, S. (1924). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, May 14, 1924. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 149-150.

Ferenczi, S. (1924). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, May 14, 1924. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 149-150

Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, May 14, 1924 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sándor Ferenczi

Budapest, May 14, 1924

Dear Professor,

Both of the Dutch papers are, in fact, the only ones that were sent to be edited. We must evidently accommodate ourselves to the fact that we can almost never get serious and more thoroughgoing contributions from the Dutch. According to Rank's arrangements, issue III was meant partly as a Dutch number. Now, in consideration of space, we will have to accept other things for this number—perhaps Dr. Deutsch's Berlin lecture about the “conversion symptom.”1

I ask you also perhaps to send me the papers by Deutsch and René Spitz so that I can take a look at them. The former paper I found to be very good, as soon as I heard it in Salzburg—certainly it is a very precise and, in places, ingenious rounding-off of the conception of becoming a woman which was given in my “Theory of Genitality.” The main contents of number III will, in any event, remain your work (Dissolution of the Oedipus Complex).—

I will write to v. Emden and Rank, respectively, about Jelgersma's and Stanley Hall's jubilee and obituary.

Now to the case of Urbantschitsch: I would like to say beforehand that, already at the beginning of his analysis, Urbantschitsch got a special promise out of me not to correspond about him with anyone, not even you. Nonetheless, the importance of the matter requires that I omit the otherwise obligatory discretion, but I must naturally ask you as well as Fräulein Anna to make no use of my communications with respect to third persons.

Urbantschitsch is actually in a very bad pecuniary situation; the monetary conditions have for the time being buried his great founding plan. As a substitute for that he hurled himself on the idea of founding the institute that was skillfully projected by him, which—with his adroitness and the patronage of appropriately schooled analysts (in whose selection he already showed himself to be likewise very intelligent)—could have a great future in store for it.

But now he wanted to use the financial crisis of the last few weeks for setting a termination date to his analysis on his own, and thus avoiding the acquisition of his “new character.” I prevented that for the time being.

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