Letter to Wilhelm Fliess known as Letter 119 : 21st September 1899 : Sigmund Freud

by Julia Evans on September 21, 1899

Published in English as

1) p297-299 of ‘The Origins of Psychoanalysis’ : Edited by Marie Bonaparte, Anna Freud, Ernst Kris: Basic Books,USA : 1954 : translated by Eric Mosbacher & James Strachey

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2) p373-374 of ‘The Complete Letters of Sigmund Freud to Wilhelm Fliess, 1887-1904’: Edited by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson : Belknap Press of Harvard, Cambridge, USA : 1985 : translated by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson :

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Quoted in the Editor’s Introduction to Interpretation of Dreams (1900)

Quote : But the severest criticisms came from the author himself and these were directed principally against the style and literary form. ‘I think’, he wrote on 21 September, 1899 (1950a, Letter 119), when the book was finished, ‘my self-criticism was not entirely unjustified. Somewhere hidden within me I too have some fragmentary sense of form, some appreciation of beauty as a species of perfection; and the involved sentences of my book on dreams, bolstered up on indirect phrases and with sidelong glances at their subject-matter, have gravely affronted some ideal within me. And I am scarcely wrong in regarding this lack of form as a sign of an incomplete mastery of the material.’

See Editor’s Introduction to Sigmund Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams : 1953 : James Strachey  or here

& The Interpretation of Dreams: 1st November 1899 (published as 1900): Sigmund Freud  : See here


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Julia Evans

Practicing Lacanian Psychoanalyst, Earl’s Court, London


Further texts

Of the clinic here

Dreams here

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By Sigmund Freud here

Notes on texts by Sigmund Freud here

By Jacques Lacan here

Notes on texts by Jacques Lacan here