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Rubin, I. (2006). Freud the Man: An Intellectual Biography By Lydia Flem. Translated by Susan Fairfield. New York: Other Press, 2003. 224 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 75(2):620-628.
  

(2006). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 75(2):620-628

Freud the Man: An Intellectual Biography By Lydia Flem. Translated by Susan Fairfield. New York: Other Press, 2003. 224 pp.

Review by:
Isaiah Rubin

Freud's discoveries impinge on our lives in countless ways. They provide the framework of understanding for our daily work as psychoanalysts. They have saturated our points of view on all aspects of the culture in which we live. What was the man like who has left a global impress on our world? Had we known him, what sort of person would we have observed, and how and what might he have seen and felt about the world around him?

Lydia Flem's book carries us into the dailiness of Freud's world, as he experienced it and to the degree that he wrote about those everyday experiences, feelings and opinions, thoughts and reflections, daydreams and wishes. She has utilized volumes of correspondence from his adolescent letters to his friends Silber-stein and Fluss, through the late letters to Romain Rolland, Arnold Zweig, and Marie Bonaparte, as they are quoted in various sources, such as those by Ernst Freud, Max Schur, and Ernest Jones. Flem has also drawn on family reminiscences. And she has drawn on a number of memories of Freud as mentioned in various memoirs by those who knew him.

Together, these sources form a very large body of material.

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