Dreaming for Freud: A Novel

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Penguin, 2014 - Fiction - 232 pages
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An award-winning author reimagines one of Freud's most famous and controversial cases.  Sheila Kohler's memoir Once We Were Sisters is now available.

Acclaimed for her spare prose and exceptional psychological insights in her novels Becoming Jane Eyre and Love Child, Sheila Kohler's latest is inspired by Sigmund Freud's Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria. Dreaming for Freud paints a provocative and sensual portrait of one of history's most famous patients.

In the fall of 1900, Dora's father forces her to begin treatment with the doctor. Visiting him daily, the seventeen-year-old girl lies on his ottoman and tells him frankly about her strange life, and above all about her father's desires as far as she is concerned. But Dora abruptly ends her treatment after only eleven weeks, just as Freud was convinced he was on the cusp of a major discovery. In Dreaming for Freud, Kohler explores what might have happened between the man who changed the face of psychotherapy and the beautiful young woman who gave him her dreams.
 

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During an eleven-week time period in 1900, Sigmund Freud treated an eighteen-year-old girl for hysteria and wrote about his treatment in one of the most famous psychological case studies ever ... Read full review

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3.5 stars DREAMING FOR FREUD is Sheila Kohler’s intimate conjecture of Dora (Freud’s best known patient) and Freud, their time together, influence on each other, and lives after their final meeting ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
13
Section 3
23
Section 4
41
Section 5
54
Section 6
67
Section 7
85
Section 8
97
Section 15
147
Section 16
152
Section 17
162
Section 18
165
Section 19
167
Section 20
172
Section 21
177
Section 22
183

Section 9
108
Section 10
114
Section 11
117
Section 12
121
Section 13
133
Section 14
143
Section 23
191
Section 24
207
Section 25
211
Section 26
231
Section 27
242
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About the author (2014)

Sheila Kohler was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is the author of thirteen works of fiction, including the novels Becoming Jane Eyre and Cracks, which was nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award made into a film starring Eva Green. She teaches at Princeton University and lives in New York City.

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