On Dreams : 14th October 1900 [1901a] : Sigmund Freud

by Julia Evans on October 14, 1900

‘On Dreams’: last referred to on 14th October 1900 in Letter  139 to Wilhelm Fliess: published 1901a: translated by James Strachey: published in Standard Edition: Volume V: 1952

Editor’s Note: p631-633: available below

Text : p633-685 :

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Also available from Richard G. Klein’s site, www.Freud2Lacan.com, here

Bibliography for SEIV & SE V, available from Richard G. Klein’s site, www.Freud2Lacan, here

Commentary available:

Introduction to Sigmund Freud’s ‘On Dreams’ (as translated by M. D. Elder) by W. Leslie MacKenzie : 1914 : available here

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THE STANDARD EDITION OF THE COMPLETE PSYCHOLOGICAL WORKS OF

SIGMUND FREUD

Translated from the German under the General Editorship of

JAMES STRACHEY

In Collaboration with

ANNA FREUD

Assisted by

ALIX STRACHEY and ALAN TYSON

VOLUME V

(1900-1901)

The Interpretation of Dreams

(Second Part)

and

On Dreams

LONDON

THE HOGARTH PRESS

THE INSTITUTE OF PSYCHO-ANALYSIS

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ON DREAMS

(1901)

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(page 631)

EDITOR’S NOTE

(a) German Editions:

1901 ‘Über den Traum’. First published as part (pp. 307-344) of

a serial publication, ‘Grenzfragen des Nerven-und Seelen-

Lebens’, edited by L. Löwcnfeld and H. Kurella, Wiesbaden: Bergmann.

1911 2nd ed. (Issued as a separate brochure, enlargcd.) Same publishcrs. Pp. 44.

1921 3rd ed. Munich and Wiesbaden: Bergmann. Pp. 44.

1925 In Freud’s ‘Gesammelte Schriften’, 3 , 189-256. Leipzig, Vienna and Zurich: Internationaler Psychoanalytischer Vcrlag.

1931 In Freud’s collectivc volume ‘Sexualtherie und Traumlehre’, 246-307. Same publishers.

1942 In Freud’s ‘Gesammelte Werke’, 2 and 3 , 643-700. London: Imago Publishing Co.

 

(b) English Translations:

1914 By M. D. Eder (with introduction by W. L. Mackenzie). London: Heinemann. New York: Rebman. Pp.xxxii + 110,

Introduction to Sigmund Freud’s ‘On Dreams’ as translated by M. D. Elder’ by W. Leslie MacKenzie : 1914 : available here

1952 By James Strachey. London: Hogarth Prcss and Institutc of Psycho-Analysis. Pp. viii + 80. New York: Norton. Pp. 120.

 

The present translation is a revised reprint of the one published in 1952.

 

Only three or four months after the publication of ‘The Interpretation of Dreams’ the notion of writing a shortened version of his book was already in Freud’s mind. Fliess had evidently written to suggest something of the sort, for in a letter of April 4th,

1900 (Freud, 1950a, Letter 132), Freud rejected the proposal on the ground, among others, that he had ‘already promised to let Löwenfeld have an essay of the same kind’. Hc also commented on his distaste for embarking on such a job so soon after finishing (page 632) the large book. Evidently this reluctance persisted, for on May 20 (ibid., Letter 136) he mentions that he has not even started the ‘brochure’, and on July 10 (ibid., Letter 138) announces that he has put it off till October, His last reference to it in the Fliess correspondence is on October 14,1900 (ibid., Letter 139), where he remarks that he is writing the essay ‘without any real enjoyment’, since his mind is full of material for the ‘Psychopathology of Everyday Life’ (which was to be his next production). In this latter work, incidentally there is a reference (near the end of Chapter VII) to the essay On Dreams and to the question of whether the issue of a résumé might interfere with the sales of the big book.

As will be seen, the only addition of importance made by Freud in the later issues of the essay was the section on symbolism introduced into the second edition.