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For those well versed in the world of psychology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis, for those who are students of Freud, and for those who know the historical players in this game, The Letters of Sigmund Freud and Otto Rank is a wonderful text filled with excellent research and understanding of the growth and the beginning of the demise of Freudian analysis. It is comprehensive, academic, and a must for those are historians of the era, historians of psychoanalysis, or those simply curious about the men who started a revolution in mental health.

(New York Journal of Books)

Doctors sometimes like to be perceived as Olympian gods, but these letters remind us how often gods are venal, petty, jealous and spiteful. The excellent book, The Letters of Sigmund Freud and Otto Rank: Inside Psychoanalysis, focuses on the early career of Otto Rank, as one of Freud's most gifted disciples.

(Michael Dirda Washington Post)

This edited collection provides a critical balance to other published accounts of these men and the early years of the psychoanalytic movement... should be essential reading for scholars and specialists familiar with the major ideas and players of early psychoanalysis.

(Library Journal)

The book offers much more than a compilation of letters but provides in-depth contextual analysis and refreshingly candid and human perspectives on these men in the early days of the important theory.

(Reference and Research Book News)

The Letters of Sigmund Freud and Otto Rank is an excellent scholarly resource and makes a substantive contribution by shedding light on Rank and the psychoanalytic movement.

(Simon Boag PsycCRITIQUES)

A compelling story, and one well worth the study required by a careful reading of this book.

(Clifford Cunningham Suns News Corporation)

James Lieberman and Robert Kramer are among the most distinguished authorities on Otto Rank. Instead of producing a critical edition of the Freud-Rank letters, as would have been commonplace, they have used the letters to reconstruct the early ‘life’ of the psychoanalytic movement. A gem of a book.

(Robert A. Segal, author of Myth: A Very Short Introduction)

Publication of the Rank-Freud correspondence in this important book fills a major gap in our knowledge and understanding of the early years of psychoanalysis and of Rank himself. Lieberman and Kramer have nicely interleaved the surviving letters with biographical material on Rank, relevant excerpts from Freud’s letters to others, and description of the historical context, including World War I and the difficult years that followed.

(David G. Winter, University of Michigan)

For anyone at all interested in the history of the psychoanalytic movement, this 1906-25 exchange of letters, translated here from German, between Freud and his henchman―the 28-years-younger Rank―is a delightful treasure trove... Suited to a broad audience, the book is not at all obscure. A source on which readers will continue to draw.

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There is... something eminently refreshing about a straightforward book like The Letters of Sigmund Freud and Otto Rank: Inside Psychoanalysis.

(Marcus M. Silverman Modern Psychoanalysis)

An important exchange of letters. It is very gratifying that it finally has appeared.

(Anna Bentinck von Schoonheten Luzifer-Amor)

From the Inside Flap

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.... This complete collection of the known correspondence between the two brings to life their twenty-year collaboration and their painful break.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (December 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421403544
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421403540
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,490,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By maxine sheets-johnstone on April 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Editors E. James Lieberman and Robert Kramer have put together
a gripping tale, and in discreetly non-judgmental ways, while doing
a service to psychoanalysis. The correspondence between Freud and
Rank is interwoven with a narrative that brings to light the intrigues
and competitions that shaped the beginning years of the psychoanalytic
movement. Most significantly, the correspondence and narrative make
prominent the banished "aliens" who broke away from Freud, especially
Rank--who stayed and endured for so long and with such dedication. Courage
and dedication aside, no wonder Rank's writings are of singular import.
Rank was not only the first to write on "object relations" in psychoanalysis,
but, with Ferenczi, emphasized the import of feelings in psychotherapy and
the import of creativity and the labors of the artist in everyday life.
Stunning! Wonderfully illuminating!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis A. Langton on February 17, 2013
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This is an engaging and masterful history of the contributions of two prominent professionals to the development of psychoanalytic theory during the early 20th century: master Sigmund Freud, MD, and student Otto Rank, Psychologist. Drawing from their original letters written from 1906-1925, Lieberman and Kramer take us on a journey that reveals the poignant relationships, controversies, and challenges they shared that ended in a miserable parting in 1926. Reading these letters, the reader is privileged to walk around in their minds and to understand first hand how their differences exploded into personal attacks that reduced their ability to communicate as professionals. While there were real differences in their basic premises-Freud's biological focus, and Rank's concept of will, they shared a passion to advance and develop psychoanalytic theory. Students of history, psychology, sociology, and even medicine have much to learn from this excellent scholarly work as to how knowledge and wisdom developed and affected change in the practice of mental health. I wish this intriguing book had been available when I was a practicing mental health professional during the 1950s and early 1960s. The Epilogue is powerpacked.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Mansager on May 28, 2013
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An important addition to the literature of Rank and Freud. Unfortunately it is not very literary - few connecting ideas and context. Provides the information in a catalogue style that gives little feel for what was occurring at the time.
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