Freud in Love
A Biographical Novel
From the author of FREUD IN LOVE:
FREUD IN LOVE began as a stage play, then was converted into a screenplay, and finally years later was expanded into a novel.
In writing FREUD IN LOVE I attempted to capture Vienna and the psychoanalytic world in the early 19th Century and to portray the somewhat sedate era in which Sigmund Freud made his great discoveries, such as the unconscious, and in which he met the love of his life, Lou Andreas-Salome, and then vied with his young protege, Victor Tausk, for her love.
I wanted to show Freud in a more personal way than has ever been done before, a sensitive, vulnerable man who nevertheless was also one of the wisest men who ever lived. And I wanted to portray the rise of psychoanalysis and the conflicts and intrigues it wrought.
My goal was to write not just a historical novel but a literary one as well--one that would be of interest to psychologists and lay people.
About the Author
Gerald Schoenewolf, Ph.D. has lived two lives. The first life was an angry and unsuccessful attempt to find love and balance in the midst of chaos. In the second, he became a licensed psychoanalyst in New York, where he has had an office for over 45 years. He has also been an adjunct assistant professor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College for seventeen years. He authored fourteen books on psychoanalysis, psychology, and philosophy; wrote and published five novels; wrote and illustrated a book of poetry; translated and illustrated a book of Daoist philosophy; and produced, wrote, and directed two feature-length movies and a volume of video song poems. He currently lives in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. with his wife, Julia.
A fascinating story!
“This was a very engaging book and one that clearly was
written from a much more expert point of view than someone who was simply
regurgitating a biography. The characters were a highlight of the book. They
each had their own separate desires, flaws, speech patterns, etc. which of
course was the backbone of this story. When reading a biographical piece, it’s
easy to feel bored on account of knowing the story, but this book made me feel
that I was reading about a whole new cast of characters. The dialogue was a crowning point of this
book. This subject matter can, at times, fall at the risk of seeming
pretentious or too literary for everyday speech, but the conduct with which the
characters consistently lived, as well the moments of immaturity apparent in
nearly all the characters, allowed for the dialogue to come off as human and
relatable. “Siggie” Freud served as the
figure who tied everyone together, both in the psychoanalysis world and within
his own personal relationships. It was
clear that he had a lot of wisdom, and overall many great qualities in him that
were extolled in this book, but within him there also lay a quite controlling
and possessive demeanor, especially over his ideas and intellectual
property. He was amazingly written, I
loved him. This was a book that I would certainly
recommend and I hope that many people get to read this - it's just such a
--Isabel Pettibone, Editor, Fiverr
A really engaging book!
"I really enjoyed this book, it vividly brings to life the circle of people around Freud in the era of WW1. Gerald Schoenewolf lays bare the turbulent sea of rivalry, envy, petty jealousies and lust that swirled beneath the outwardly ordered, cerebral world of psychoanalysis. He gives all of his cast of characters distinct individual voices and one gets a clear sense of their own driving passions. But at the centre is Freud, whose 'emotional affair' with Lou Andreas Salome compensates for the seeming aridity of his own married life.Given the subject matter it's inevitable that psychoanalytical theory is touched upon but it's not a major feature of the book which is primarily centred on the emotional lives of Freud, Salome and Tausk, his rival for her affections. GS powerfully expresses the conflicted feelings they all struggle to contain and in doing so has written a really engaging book."
--Mark Lawton, British Author
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