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Pfeiffer, E. (1972). Notes to Sigmund Freud and Lou Andreas-Salomé: Letters. The International Psycho-Analytical Library, 89:211-240.

(1972). The International Psycho-Analytical Library, 89:211-240

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Ernst Pfeiffer


In the epilogue to the diary ‘In der Schule bei Freud’, which Lou Andreas-Salomé kept during her psycho-analytic study year 1912/13, it is stated that she very probably made the acquaintance of Sigmund Freud for the first time, not—as one must assume from her autobiography Lebensrückblick—at the beginning of the Weimar Psycho-Analytical Congress on 21 September 1911, but a good decade and a half earlier in spring 1895.

The editor's attention was first drawn to this point by Lucia Morawitz after the appearance of Lebensrückblick in 1951. A sentence of the latter runs: ‘When I stood before Freud at the Weimar Psycho-Analytical Congress in autumn 1911.’ On this Lucia Morawitz remarked: ‘LAS first met Freud in 1911? But I remember distinctly that a conversation I had with her in Vienna in spring 1895 was interrupted by her having to go and see Freud, with whom she had an appointment. I can still hear in memory the very words and intonation with which she announced this to me.’

Is there any possibility of a misunderstanding here which would entitle one to doubt the fact of the visit or at least the intention to make the visit? In spring 1895 Lou A.-S. was staying in Vienna ‘for the first time back again’, inspired thereto by her correspondence with Arthur Schnitzler. She soon got to know Richard Beer-Hofmann, Hugo von Hofmannsthal and others. Lucia Morawitz, according to her own account, was ‘on the fringe of the Hofmannsthal, Bahr, Karl Kraus, Eckstein circle’.

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