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Ferenczi, S. (1917). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, January 2, 1917. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919, 170-171.

Ferenczi, S. (1917). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, January 2, 1917. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919 , 170-171

Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, January 2, 1917 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sándor Ferenczi

Budapest, January 2, 1917
Grand Hôtel Royal
Nagyszálloda

Dear Professor,

First, something about the case of Harmonia.

Mature reflection makes it highly questionable whether you ought to accede to this request—and if so, under what conditions.

You see, a few weeks ago Harmonia sponsored a whole series of evenings for a “psychological” hypnotist and prestidigitator by the name of Winterri, and the great interest of the public, which brought them much money, seems to have aroused their interest in psychology. Harmonia and Winterri are now associated concepts here; your name and psychoanalysis has now been added as a third association. So you should either not accept the invitation at all, or make the following stipulations:

1)   A placard must appear with the words, “scientific-literary lectures,” in which all the experts who take part are named.

2)   Your lecture must not be the first, but [should], if possible, be last of all, so that the time span between you and Winterri is increased.

3)   The honorarium must not be under 2,000 crowns, because Harmonia earns very much on such an evening, and that much is now being paid for a Viennese expert to come here.

Ignotus, whom I also asked for advice, reacted immediately with “Winterri” and “Refusal.” He considers the stipulations I mentioned to be possibly acceptable.

I received “Dreams” with thanks; still haven't had time to read through the Lectures again.

I have been unwell for two days (influenza), had to stay home today (probably tomorrow as well). Otherwise, nothing important to write about myself.

So, I am making a solemn decision to collaborate on that nice plan (Lamarckism). I will consider your notes as a basis for the work. First I want to copy and send in the notes that I made on this theme. Then I will ask you to designate what is useful in them and to propose specifics about the division of labor.

Kind regards,

Ferenczi

You will be surprised how great a difference there is between my view of today and that expressed earlier about the case of Harmonia.

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