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Morrison, A.P. (1994). Freud's "On Narcissism: An Introduction.": Edited by Joseph Sandler, Ethel Spector Person, and Peter Fonagy. New Haven/London: Yale University Press, 1991. 236 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 63:557-562.

(1994). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 63:557-562

Freud's "On Narcissism: An Introduction.": Edited by Joseph Sandler, Ethel Spector Person, and Peter Fonagy. New Haven/London: Yale University Press, 1991. 236 pp.

Review by:
Andrew P. Morrison

The papers in this volume, along with Freud's original 1914 work, make a great read for those interested in the evolution of psychoanalytic theory and history. Well selected by editors Joseph Sandler, Ethel Spector Person, and Peter Fonagy, these contributions cover a wide range of analytic perspectives on the place of narcissism, and of Freud's landmark manuscript, in the corpus of psychoanalytic theory and technique, including object relational, Kleinian, classical, self psychological, and French vantage points. The charge to each author was to "elucidate," "clarify," and "establish links," in a didactic manner, "exactly as if he or she were conducting a seminar." This, each author has accomplished, though individual styles inevitably vary. Despite wide differences in orientation, an organic whole emerges which enriches our understanding and our grasp of the intellectual placement of this work of Freud's.

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