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Fisher, D.J. (1976). Sigmund Freud and Romain Rolland: The Terrestrial Animal and His Great Oceanic Friend. Am. Imago, 33(1):1-59.

(1976). American Imago, 33(1):1-59

Sigmund Freud and Romain Rolland: The Terrestrial Animal and His Great Oceanic Friend

David James Fisher, Ph.D.

As we go to press, news reaches us that George Browning Wilbur, Honorary Editor of American Imago died on April 4, 1976.—In our Winter 1967 issue, we paid tribute to George Wilbur at 80.

“…I may confess to you that I have rarely experienced that mysterious attraction of one human being for another as vividly as I have with you; it is somehow bound up, perhaps, with the awareness of our being so different.”

Freud to Rolland May, 1931

The Freud-Rolland Correspondence: Five New Letters

Editor's Note

“David James Fisher, now a member of the History Department at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), did research at the Archives Romain Rolland in Paris between 1971 and 1975 and came across five unpublished letters from Freud to Rolland. Through his efforts, copies were placed in the Sigmund Freud Copyrights, which granted permission for their reproduction in this article.

“Two or three of the letters are of some significance. The first, dated March 2, 1923, acknowledges the gift of Rolland's “Liluli,” which ironically deflates illusions associated with war. Ernest Jones (1957) states that the book was sent; by the French author on Feb. 23 along with the revelation that he had been following Freud's writings for twenty years. The second letter, written by Freud on June 15, 1924, refers to a personal visit by Rolland to himself and to his daughter Anna, and contains a rare hint of a wish for death as he was suffering severe pain connected with his cancer.

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