Sigmund Freud’s relationship with Otto Rank was the most constant, close, and significant of his professional life. Freud considered Rank to be the most brilliant of his disciples. The two collaborated on psychoanalytic writing, practice, and politics; Rank was the managing director of Freud’s publishing house; and after several years helping Freud update his masterpiece,The Interpretation of Dreams, Rank contributed two chapters. His was the only other name ever to be listed on the title page. This complete collection of the known correspondence between the two brings to life their twentyyear collaboration and their painful break.
The 250 letters compiled by E. James Lieberman and Robert Kramer humanize and dramatize psychoanalytic thinking, practice, and organization from 1906 through 1925. The letters concern not just the work and trenchant contemporaneous observations of Freud and Rank but also their friendships, supporters, rivals, families, travels, and other personal and professional matters. Most interestingly, the letters trace Rank’s growing independence, the fatherson schism over Rank’s "antiOedipal" heresy, his surprising reconciliation with Freud, and the moment when they parted ways permanently. A candid picture of how the pioneers of modern psychotherapy behaved with their patients, colleagues, and families—and each other—the correspondence between Freud and Rank demonstrates how psychoanalysis developed in relation to early twentiethcentury science, art, philosophy, and politics.
A rich primary source on psychiatry, history, and culture,The Letters of Sigmund Freud and Otto Rankis a cogent and powerful narrative of early psychoanalysis and its two most important personalities.
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1. Vienna Psychoanalytic Society, 1906-1910
2. Alfred Adler Departs, 1911
3. Judging Jung, 1912-1913
4. Committee, 1913-1914
5. War, 1914
6. Limbo, 1915-1916
7. Krakow, 1916-1918
8. Active Therapy and Armistice, 1918
9. Eros Meets Thanatos, 1919 and 1920
10. Rising Tension, 1921
11. Favorite Son, January to July 1922
12. Fratricide, August to December 1922
13. Birth of the Mother, January to June 1923
14. Under the Knife, June to December 1923
15. Crisis, January to April 1924
16. New York, May to October 1924
17. About-face, October to December 1924
18. Reunion and Ending, 1925-1926
19. Willing, Feeling, Living, 1926-1939
A. Minor Letters
B. Precocious Dream Analysis
C. Major Figures in the Freud-Rank Correspondence
D. Family Chart of Sigmund Freud in 1905
E. Otto Rank Family Tree.