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Freud, S. (1919). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, May 12, 1919. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919, 354-355.

Freud, S. (1919). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, May 12, 1919. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919 , 354-355

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Sigmund Freud

Vienna, May 12, 1919
IX., Berggasse 19

Dear friend,

I hear that a letter will arrive now and then, and so I am writing you on the off chance; for a long time I have been unable to keep up with what I have already told you. The ban is very bad; aside from the euphoric telephone reports that Rank is getting from the Journal, I have nothing from any of you and am totally at the mercy of my fantasy. I read something out of your last lines about Toni which I already had in mind at the beginning of this supposed relapse and which was since confirmed in a letter from Lajos of April 20, which arrived late. So I don't know how things have been going since, and since my own complaints, about which I wrote to you,1 are constantly increasing, I am figuring on not seeing him again. With this news on the 6th of the month, an inhibition in my up to then increased productivity set in. I had not only completed the draft of “Beyond the Pleasure Principle,” which is being copied out for you, but I also took up the little thing about the “uncanny” again,2 and, with a simple-minded idea [Einfall], I attempted a Ψα foundation for group psychology.3 Now that should rest; I am also otherwise suffering from a vague grippe, while Martha has been in a fever for the third day with one just as classic.4

Rank has recovered and is proving his worth in all kinds of related functions which are removed from science. For now, we are very blissful with our fifth of the fund. Sachs is giving a course on ΨA before a good, paying audience and is, as always, an optimist. He doesn't write anything more about the Zurich Society. The publications of the Verlag are making progress: War Neuroses, your Hysteria, and my Everyday Life5 are finished, the former two could already be distributed.


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