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Freud, S. (1909). Family Romances. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume IX (1906-1908): Jensen's ‘Gradiva’ and Other Works, 235-242.

Freud, S. (1909). [SEI235a1]Family Romances. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume IX (1906-1908): Jensen's ‘Gradiva’ and Other Works, 235-242

Family Romances (1909 [1908])

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[SEI235a2]Editor's Note to "Family Romances"

[SEI235a3]Der Familienroman Der Neurotiker

[SEI235a4](a) German Editions:

[SEI235a5](1908 Probable date of composition.)

[SEI235a6]1909 In O. Rank, Der Mythus von der Geburt des Helden, 64-8, Leipzig and Vienna: Deutickc. (1922, 2nd ed., 82-6.)

[SEI235a7]1931 Neurosenlehre und Technik, 300-4.

[SEI235a8]1934 G.S., 12, 367-71.

[SEI235a9]1934 Psychoan. Päd., 8, 281-5.

[SEI235a10]1941 G.W., 7, 227-31.

[SEI235a11](b) English Translations:

[SEI235a12]1913 In Rank, Myth of the Birth of the Hero, J. Nerv. Ment. Dis., 40,. 668-71, 718-19 (Tr. S. E. Jclliffe, F. Robbins.)

[SEI235a13]1914 The same, in volume form, 63-8. New York: Nervous and Mental Diseases Publishing Go.

[SEI235a14]‘Family Romances’ 1950 C.P., 5, 74-8. (Tr. James Strachey.)

[SEI235a15]The present translation is a very slightly modified reprint of the one published in 1950.

[SEI235a16]When this first appeared, in Rank's book, it bore no heading of any kind and did not form a separate section. It was simply introduced into the course of Rank's argument with a few words of acknowledgement. The work was only given a title in German when it was first reprinted. Since the preface to Rank's book is dated ‘Christmas, 1908’, Freud's contribution was probably written in that year. The idea of these ‘family romances’, and even their name, had long been in his mind—though at first he attributed them specially to paranoics.

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