To A. F. Pribram about religious faith and his "Interpretation of Dreams"

Freud, Sigmund, founder of psychoanalysis (1856-1939). 4 autograph letters signed and 2 autograph postcards and lettercards signed.

Semmering and Vienna, 1927-1935.

Various sizes. Altogether 7¼ pp. on 6 ff. On stationery with printed letterhead.


Amicable correspondence with a "dear friend", the historian Alfred Francis Pribram (1859-1942), mentioning an appointment before his departure for the U.S. (25 Aug. 1927), recommending a young man "whose request you herewith receive" (27 Feb. 1928), and communicating thanks from the Balog family (9 May 1928). The letter from 27 November 1928 is written after Pribram has left Vienna: "[...] There is something I dislike about your suggestion how to rectify the 'world order', that one ought to believe in reunion after death. My feeling is, whoever is no longer capable of such belief should not regret it. A few months ago I felt an impulse to make a public profession of non-faith. But why? I could not say. The result of this urge was a little book, 'The Future of an Illusion', a copy of which I have requested the publisher to send you. Not exactly for purposes of consolation, for which it is ill equipped, but because I love and esteem you as a friend. I can but give what I have [...]".

On October 28, 1829, Freud mentions his "Interpretation of Dreams": "[...] It comes as little surprise to me that your lectures are so successful. I am more amazed to learn that you are reading the 'Interpret[ation] of Dr[eams]', a difficult book which I have not touched in many years. Unfortunately I must at this very moment prepare an eighth edition and am vainly postponing the effort, ever hoping that Fortune will be kind to me in the meantime [...]".

Slight traces of handling, but well preserved on the whole.