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J., E. (1922). Dream Psychology: By Sigm. Freud. Authorized Translation by M. D. Eder. With a Preface by Andre Tridon. (James McCann & Co., New York. 1921.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 3:114-115.

(1922). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 3:114-115

Dream Psychology: By Sigm. Freud. Authorized Translation by M. D. Eder. With a Preface by Andre Tridon. (James McCann & Co., New York. 1921.)

Review by:
E. J.

We mention this book here only to warn our readers as to its nature. From the announcement it might be supposed that it is a new book by Professor Freud, containing his latest views on the psychology of dreams, that it was translated by Dr. Eder, that Professor Freud chose Mr. Tridon to introduce him to the American public, and that its publication is an authorized one. It has, in fact, been received as such and been given reviews on these assumptions, e.g. in the Psychoanalytic Review. None of the assumptions, however, are in accord with the truth; they are merely suggestions fabricated by the publisher in order to sell a book under false pretences.

The facts are these. Only two books on dreams by Professor Freud have so far been translated and published in English, the translators being Dr. Brill and Dr. Eder respectively. The present book is simply made up from a series of cuttings from the two authorized ones. These were re-arranged, given new chapter headings, naturally without the knowledge of the author or either of the two previous translators or publishers, and offered to a publisher as a new book. We have reason to believe that the person guilty of this dishonourable act was Mr. Tridon. More surprising, however, is the circumstance that the publisher appears to have made no inquiry as to Mr. Tridon's bona fides, as to the authenticity of the book, or as to any arrangement for acquiring the publication rights from the author or original publisher. In logical accord with this behaviour the publisher, on being acquainted with the true state of affairs, refused to make the only possible reparation—namely, of at once withdrawing the book from sale.

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