13 July 2008


James Strachey was the younger brother of Lytton Strachey and one of the first people in England to train in and practise psychoanalysis. He translated Freud's work, and as a member of the Bloomsbury Group was instrumental in promoting it via publications with the Hogarth Press. These letters were written (almost daily) during the single long separation from his wife Alix who was being psychoanalysed as part of her training by Karl Abraham in Berlin. It's an interesting one-year slice of two lives which encompasses social and cultural life in Germany and the UK in the early 1920s, the foundations of Freudianism in the UK, and a rich tapestry of European modernism from two of its inside practitioners who were very keen to be au fait with the latest cultural and intellectual developments... Read more >>


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