This book is the first publication of the complete correspondenceof Sigmund Freud with his daughter Anna. The correspondence rangesover personal and family matters - social events, family holidays,births and deaths, health issues, war experiences, etc. - as wellas professional matters, including the progress of SigmundFreud's and Anna Freud's scientific works, their viewson students and colleagues, and the international dissemination andpublication of psychoanalytical writings.
The letters provide valuable insight into the work and family lifeof the founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, including thechanges in his perception of women that were triggered by hisrelation with his daughter. They also shed fresh light on thedevelopment of Anna's life and career - the early years inEngland, the period of her analysis with her own father and thelast phase of her father's illness and death, when Annabecame the torch-bearer and protector of her father's works,and eventually became the leading figure in the InternationalPsychoanalytic Association.
Richly annotated with editorial comments, this unique volume ofcorrespondence between Sigmund and Anna Freud is an invaluablesource of historical documentation about the formation anddevelopment of psychoanalysis and the early decades of thepsychoanalytic movement.