08-03-1914 Freud to Binswanger

95 F

Prof.. Dr. Freud

Vienna, IX. Berggasse 19 the 8 March 1914

Dear Doctor !

I am very glad to hear that you are well and I think that soon the precariousness of life will not affect you more than other human beings1. The merit of the prosperity of your offspring also goes to your wife !

Your interest in Shakespeare 2 is also very pleasing. I often wonder the need for new poets from humanity. I wait with great curiosity your impressions of Rome next year. Everyone knows that the first impression is deceptive, and even disturbing.

So far this year has brought me a lot of work ; it is only now that things calmed down. What a pity that your work does little to advance theoretical. We could very well be placed in the first volume of the new Jahrbuch3. It actually has two of my work : "On Narcissism 4 "And" Contribution to the history of the psychoanalytic movement5», should, I hope, clarify my relationship with Jung. The conference of Jelgersma 6, rector of Leiden, do you have certainly not escaped.

In my family, all is well. Here, my wife left for Hamburg, where we expect soon to be raised to a higher rank, translate to the rank of major- parents 7.

I am very pleased with the appointment of Häberlin8. If you have the opportunity to talk, give him my wel-quotes. I do not think it will become an active supporter of psychoanalysis.

Recently, a colleague of me Friedländer also confirmed that he had been demoted for cheating at the game of tarot, while he was a medical officer (voluntary). This will allow you to better understand my aversion to any form of contact with the pig.

I cordially greet you and your wife

Your Freud

1. Cf. 65 F, note 1.

2. From 1916, it is very often a matter of reading Shakespeare in the Journal of Binswangen

3. The magazine is now the new title Jahrbuch der Psychoanalyse, but the numbering continues with t. 6 (1914) ; its publication was suspended due to the war after this year.

4. Freud (1914c).

5. Freud (1914d).

6. Gebrandus Jelgersma, Unused Knowing Spirit Life (1914). En français «Fri mentale unconscious", conference for 339and anniversary of the University of Leiden 9 February 1914 (1914).

7. Ernst Halberstadt (W today. Ernest Freud), son of Sophie and Max Halberstadt, first grand-son of Freud, born 11 March 1914.

8. Cf. 92 F, note 3.

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