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(1999). Deferred Action. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 47(1):213-225.

(1999). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 47(1):213-225

Deferred Action

Historical note. Revue Française de Psychanalyse was first published in 1927, one year after the founding of the Paris Psychoanalytical Society. The charter members of the society—René Allendy, Marie Bonaparte, Adrien Borel, Angelo Hesnard, René Laforgue, Rudolf Loewenstein, Georges Parcheminey, Edouard Pichon, and Eugénie Sokolnicka—greatly diverged in their degree of ambivalence toward psychoanalysis and Freud. Many founders dreamt of a psychoanalysis à la française, animated by a Latin soul. Loewenstein occupied a key role in the development of the growing society. Having studied at the Berlin Institute, he was the only one of the founders to have been formally trained as a psychoanalyst. As a result, however, certain colleagues spoke of him as “the Eye from Moscow.” Loewenstein later played down his colleagues’anti-Semitism, writing that “this term should be qualified. It was a very discreet and, if I may say so, civilized anti-Semitism.” Loewenstein's departure for the United States in 1942 meant the loss of the Paris Society's most experienced member. In the early period, it was primarily Marie Bonaparte's determination that made possible the publication of Revue Française de Psychanalyse—under, as appeared on its cover, “the distinguished patronage of Monsieur the Professor S. Freud.” The review, with the participation of the Swiss analysts Raymond de Saussure and Charles Odier, quickly became a francophone international journal. Because of World War II its publication was suspended in 1940 and was not resumed until 1948. Since then it has appeared continuously, currently at the rate of five issues a year.

—Paul Denis, director, Revue Française de Psychanalyse.

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