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may be Sigmund Freud's best-known work. Originally published in 1930, it seeks to answer ultimate questions: What influences led to the creation of civilization? How did it come to be? What determines its course? In this seminal volume of twentieth-century thought, Freud elucidates the contest between aggression, indeed the death drive, and its adversary eros. He speaks to issues of human creativity and fulfillment, the place of beauty in culture, and the effects of repression. Louis Menand, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning , contributor to and professor of English at Harvard University, reflects on the importance of this work in intellectual thought and why it has become such a landmark book for the history of ideas. Not available in hardcover for decades, this beautifully rendered anniversary edition will be a welcome addition to readers' shelves.

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A previous edition of this book is cited in Books for College Libraries, 3d ed.. Editor Louis Menand (English and American literature, Harvard U.) says that this classic, like many others, no longer has any credibility as an account of reality, but has so widely influenced people that thinking about reality without taking it into account is now impossible. Ungehagen in der Kultur was published in 1930, nine years before Freud died, and reflects the shift late in his career from problems of the individual to problems of culture.
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For the 75th anniversary, a new edition of the seminal work with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Menand.


'During the summer of 1929, Freud worked on what became this seminal volume of twentieth-century thought.\n


About the Author

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.Louis Menand, professor of English at Harvard University, is the author of The Metaphysical Club, which won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in History. A longtime staff writer for The New Yorker, he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Peter Gay (1923--2015) was 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.

Product Details

Menand, Louis
W. W. Norton & Company
Menand, Louis
Strachey, James
Menand, Louis
Gay, Peter
Freud, Sigmund
Strachey, James
Afterword by:
Gay, Peter
Gay, Peter
Social Psychology
Movements - Psychoanalysis
Psychology -- History.
Edition Description:
The Standard Edition
Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud
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8 x 6.1 x 0.8 in 0.755 lb

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Health and Self-Help » Psychology » Freud
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History and Social Science » World History » Western Civilization

Civilizations and Its Discontents
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