The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld
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In the summer of 1909, Sigmund Freud arrived by steamship in New York Harbor for a short visit to America. Though he would live another thirty years, he would never return to this country. Little is known about the week he spent in Manhattan, and Freud's biographers have long speculated as to why, in his later years, he referred to Americans as "savages" and "criminals."



In The Interpretation of Murder, Jed Rubenfeld weaves the facts of Freud's visit into a riveting, atmospheric story of corruption and murder set all over turn-of-the-century New York. Drawing on case histories, Shakespeare's Hamlet, and the historical details of a city on the brink of modernity, The Interpretation of Murder introduces a brilliant new storyteller, a novelist who, in the words of The New York Times, "will be no ordinary pop-cultural sensation."



 

About Jed Rubenfeld

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JED RUBENFELD is the author of the international bestseller The Interpretation of Murder. He is a professor at Yale University Law School and one of the country's foremost experts on constitutional law. He wrote his undergraduate thesis at Princeton University on Sigmund Freud. He lives in Connecticut with his family.
 
Published May 1, 2007 by University of Science and Technology of China Press. 642 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Freud’s cohorts also include Dr. Stratham Younger, an American psychoanalyst given the job of analyzing lovely 17-year-old Nora Acton, who has survived an attack by the sex maniac but can’t remember anything about it.

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In Jed Rubenfeld’s novel “The Interpretation of Murder,” Sigmund Freud arrives in New York City in 1909 and admires the skyscrapers.

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The New York Times

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Freud’s 1909 visit, psychoanalysis and bondage propel this historical crime novel.

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BC Books

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Rubenfeld sets a number of things into motion and takes time to make his New York expansive and deep, the characters rich and vibrant .(Detective Littlemore creeps in from nowhere, it seems, and very nearly succeeds in taking over the book at one point.) But after that initial investment, you nee...

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For unknown reasons, Freud never set foot in the country again, later referring to Americans as “savages” and “criminals.” Taking this “lost” week as a jumping off point, the Rubenfeld uses known facts about Freud’s visit to develop a murder mystery in which Freud will play a significant part.

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Sigmund Freud's pioneering work on psychoanalysis, William Shakespeare's Hamlet, the aristrocracy of New York in the early 20th century, and the construction of the Manhattan Bridge are all key elements of Jed Rubenfeld's well-plotted though curiously languid murder mystery, The Interpretation of...

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Banwell is a married man and a rejected suitor of Nora’s who – she says – won’t take no for an answer.

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Book Reporter

A character of almost equal importance is New York Police detective Jimmy Littlemore, who is relatively new to the force.

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Entertainment Weekly

(Rubenfeld's jabs at Freudian silliness are one of the book's pleasures.) With Freud busy, Younger steps in to plumb Nora's neuroses.

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The Independent

When he was studying Freud as a young man, Freud's reputation was in flux, but Rubenfeld was always ready to defend his hero.

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Suite 101

After reading it myself, I decided it nearly met my expectations...

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: Sigmund Freud's pioneering work on psychoanalysis, William Shakespeare's Hamlet, the aristocracy of New York in the early 20th century, and the construction of the Manhattan Bridge are all key elements of Jed Rubenfeld's well plotted though curiously rather languid murder mystery, The Int...

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Spinetingler Magazine

None of us knew a tremendous amount about Jung, but the portrait of him in the book seems negative in the extreme (though the author says in his afterword that his fictional recreations of Freud and Jung are based on extensive research, which we didn't doubt).

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