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Kaplan, D.M. (1994). Freud's "On Narcissism: An Introduction.": Edited by Joseph Sandler, Ethel Spector Person, and Peter Fonagy. New Haven, CT: Yale Univ. Press, 1991, xx + 236 pp., $27.50.. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 42:908-910.

(1994). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 42:908-910

Freud's "On Narcissism: An Introduction.": Edited by Joseph Sandler, Ethel Spector Person, and Peter Fonagy. New Haven, CT: Yale Univ. Press, 1991, xx + 236 pp., $27.50.

Review by:
Donald M. Kaplan, Ph.D.

This is the second in a most timely series of books on classic papers of Freud brought out under the auspices of the International Psychoanalytical Association with the general designation, "Contemporary Freud: Turning Points and Critical Issues." The first in the series was devoted to Freud's "Analysis Terminable and Interminable." The present volume takes up Freud's comparably spacious 1914 essay on introducing the concept of narcissism. The series was instituted by Robert S. Wallerstein during his term as President of the International Psychoanalytical Association as a means of providing some perspective for a current proliferation of psychoanalytic thought that appears to have lost its bearings. This was a splendid stroke of leadership, and thus far the Association's Committee on Publications, which is jointly chaired by Peter Fonagy and Ethel Spector Person, could not have done better in fulfilling the purposes of this project.

Each volume of the series convenes a dozen or so diverse and prominent psychoanalytic teachers and clinicians, who are invited to interpret a specific Freud text for its historical and current value. Following an incisive overview by Sandler, Person, and Fonagy of Freud's paper on narcissism, and a preview of the ensuing essays, the present volume brings together contributions by M. Baranger, D.

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