The Death of Sigmund Freud by Mark Edmundson
The Legacy of His Last Days

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When Hitler invaded Austria in March of 1938, Sigmund Freud was among the 175,000 Viennese Jews dreading Nazi occupation. Though Freud was near the end of his life-eighty-one years old, battling cancer of the jaw-and Hitler's rise on the world stage was just beginning, the fates of these two historical giants were nonetheless intertwined. In this gripping and revelatory historical narrative, Mark Edmundson traces Hitler and Freud's oddly converging lives, then zeroes in on Freud's escape to London, where he published his last and most provocative book, Moses and Monotheism.By taking a close look at Freud's last years-years that coincided with the onset of the Second World War-Edmundson probes Freud's prescient ideas about the human proclivity to embrace fascism in politics and fundamentalism in religion. At a time when these forces are once again shaping world events, The Death of Sigmund Freud suggests new and vital ways to view Freud's legacy.
 

About Mark Edmundson

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Mark Edmundson is NEH/Daniels Family Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Virginia. A prizewinning scholar, he is the author of Literature Against Philosophy, Plato to Derrida, and the widely praised memoir, Teacher: The One Who Made the Difference. He has written for the New Republic, the New York Times Magazine, the Nation, and Harper's, where he is a contributing editor.
 
Published August 9, 2010 by Bloomsbury USA. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical, Travel, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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The final shaping of the Promethean psychoanalyst's work amid the opening clashes of war and forebodings of holocaust.

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Finally allowed to leave Vienna after the Anschluss, Sigmund Freud was made to sign a document stating he had been treated well by the Nazis.

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The Death of Sigmund Freud: Fascism, Psychoanalysis and the Rise of Fundamentalismby Mark Edmundson 288pp, Bloomsbury £18.99.

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