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Zagermann, P. (1993). Sigmund Freud: Jugendbriefe an Eduard Silberstein 1871–1881: Edited by Walter B. Boehlich. Frankfurt: Fischer Verlag, 1989, 251 pp., DM 42.. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 41:842-844.

(1993). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 41:842-844

Sigmund Freud: Jugendbriefe an Eduard Silberstein 1871–1881: Edited by Walter B. Boehlich. Frankfurt: Fischer Verlag, 1989, 251 pp., DM 42.

Review by:
Peter Zagermann, Ph.D.

This edition of the seventy-nine letters and postcards Sigmund Freud sent to his friend of high-school and university years, Eduard Silberstein, deserves our attention. This correspondence is unilateral: the letters from Silberstein are not included. The correspondence covers ten years, starting approximately two years before Freud's graduation examination from high school (September 7, 1873) and ending with the letter of January 24, 1881, in the middle of his final examination from medical school (his promotion to Medical Doctor took place on March 30, 1881). In June 1882, Freud fell in love with Martha Bernays, thus opening a new period in his life that we are more familiar with than the earlier years.

After an interruption of 29 years, there is an additional, short, deeply moving, but restrained letter. In this last letter, of April 28, 1910, Freud writes: "We have grown old since the time in which we shared with each other the small pleasures of our study years.

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