[ilds] Durrell, Freud and Justine

James Gifford james.d.gifford at gmail.com
Sun Mar 20 09:06:16 PDT 2011

Hi Rony,

I think Marc has pointed to the same edition, but I believe Durrell 
would have used the Basic Books edition from 1954.  Charles may have 
more insights based on his work on the mss. of /Justine/, but I'm not sure.

Freud, Sigmund. /The Origins of Psycho-analysis; Letters to Wilhelm 
Fliess, Drafts and Notes, 1887-1902/. Eds. Marie Bonaparte, Anna Freud, 
and Ernst Kris. Trans. Eric Mosbacher and James Strachey. New York: 
Basic Books, 1954.

As for the proof in the pudding, well, we know he was reading *some* 
edition of the Freud-Fliess letters!  The 1954 copy isn't held in the 
remnants of his library in Carbondale (though a 1960 edition of the 
letters of Freud, also by Basic Books, *is* in his library there, as 
you've noted).  I can't get Nanterre's Bibliothèque Lawrence Durrell to 
work online today, but I don't believe they have Durrell's copy of the 
Fliess letters either.  A good deal of their collection of Durrell's 
personal library relates to psychoanalysis.  The few other bits & pieces 
of his library that I've run into in other collections, such as UVic, 
have all related to psychoanalysis as well.  That said, he lost a lot of 

I'd be inclined to check the quoted materials against the 1954 Basic 
Books edition -- I have a nagging feeling I actually did that during my 
dissertation work, and it's rendered the same in both versions.  I 
could, however, be wrong or simply dizzy after last night's "super 
moon."  Durrell was also sloppy in his quotations, often moving from a 
reading to a notebook to a draft, and so on...  There are often errors 
in quotations.

Please let the list know what you turn up!


On 19/03/11 6:42 PM, James Gifford wrote:
> Hi Rony,
> I believe the Fliess letters were first published 4 or 5 years (in
> English translation) prior to /Justine/.  I have a note for it at home,
> so I'll check it this evening.
> Best,
> James
> On 19/03/11 12:13 PM, Rony Alfandary wrote:
>> Hello all,
>>    i am currently exploring the way Durrell used a quotation from Freud's
>> letter to Fliess in Justine. i have noticed that the book he was
>> supposed to be quatting from "The Letters of Sigmund Freud" (which is at
>> Carbondale) was only published in 1960 while Justine itself was
>> published earlier. obviously he must have read, or heard , that letter,
>> or part of t, from another source. this is ls indicated  by the fact
>> that the quotation is slightly different from the original text which
>> suggests Durrell read the letter in another language, other than English.
>> i know this is a slight matter, but it does raise my curiosity. i wonder
>> if any of you know anything about this, namely, where did Durrell come
>> across that letter. i couldn't find  a clue in either biographies.
>> Thanks,
>> Rony
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