"Here in England there are many troubles"

Freud, Anna, psychoanalyst (1895-1982), daughter of Sigmund Freud. 13 autograph and 2 typed letters and cards signed.

London, Walberswick and no place, 1965-1981.

A total of 17¾ pp. 4to and 8vo. Includes 8 mounted or loose original photographs and 3 envelopes (1 autograph, 2 typed).


The letters and cards, written in German to Lina Wintersperger in Vienna, contain mainly Christmas and New Year's greetings as well as thanks for birthday congratulations, but also speak of Anna Freud's increasingly difficult everyday life in her seventh and eighth decade of life: "[...] Here in England there are many troubles, but in our house and at work all is still well. The landscape in the picture is Ireland, where we always spend wonderful holidays [...]" (27 Dec. 1974). "Thank you for your letter, and I am sorry that you have so many difficulties, you yourself and in your family. I, too, have assorted woes. I must still remain in bed for half the day, following a heart condition, and my old housekeeper Paula must go to hospital next week for an eye operation. So it is much the same everywhere, as you see. What I like particularly is the little photograph of your granddaughter. She looks a very dear and hard-working child, and to get 'straight As' is no mean feat, as I remember. Does she have any great wish? I would like to send her a little something [...]" (7 Jan. 1981). The photographs include scenes of Anna Freud in the garden and on walks, "England in autumn" and "our little country house in Ireland".

Some damage to several photos due to light, moisture, or rubbing; letters well-preserved.

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