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Civilization and Its Discontents


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Written in the decade before Freud's death, Civilization and Its Discontents may be his most famous and most brilliant work. It has been praised, dissected, lambasted, interpreted, and reinterpreted. Originally published in 1930, it seeks to answer several questions fundamental to human society and its organization: What influences led to the creation of civilization? Why and how did it come to be? What determines civilization's trajectory? Freud's theories on the effect of the knowledge of death on human existence and the birth of art are central to his work. Of the various English translations of Freud's major works to appear in his lifetime, only Norton's Standard Edition, under the general editorship of James Strachey, was authorized by Freud himself. This new edition includes both an introduction by the renowned cultural critic and writer Christopher Hitchens as well as Peter Gay's classic biographical note on Freud.

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This reprint of Strachey's 1961 translation features the full text of Freud's classic, with an introduction by Christopher Hitchens and a brief biography of Freud by Peter Gay. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


Freud's seminal volume of twentieth-century cultural thought grounded in psychoanalytic theory, now with a new introduction by Christopher Hitchens.

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Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) is one of the twentieth century's greatest minds and the founder of the psychoanalytic school of psychology. His many works include The Ego and the Id; An Outline of Psycho-Analysis; Inhibitions; Symptoms and Anxiety; New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis; Civilization and Its Discontent, and others.Christopher Hitchens (1949–2011) is the author of God Is Not Great, Hitch-22, and Why Orwell Matters.Peter Gay is the author of more than twenty-five books, including the National Book Award winner The Enlightenment, the best-selling Weimar Culture, and the widely translated Freud: A Life for Our Time. He lives in New York City.

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Freud, Sigmund
W. W. Norton & Company
Strachey, James
Hitchens, Christopher
Strachey, James
Gay, Peter
Hitchens, Christopher
Strachey, James
Movements - Behaviorism
Movements - Psychoanalysis
Psychology -- History.
Edition Description:
The Standard Edition
Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud
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8.50x5.50x.50 in. .35 lbs.

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