The enigma of Anna O.: a biography of Bertha Pappenheim
The enigma of "Anna O." was one of the most famous of the case studies in Sigmund Freud and Joesph Breuer's seminal book, "Studies on Hysteria." Until 1953 when Freud's Biographer revealed her identity, no one was aware that the real woman behind the anonymous pseudonym was the renowned German Jewish Feminist, Bertha Pappeneim. Born to a wealthy orthodox Jewish family in Vienna, Pappenheim was related to some of the most recognizable names in Jewish society - the Warburgs, Guggenheims and the Goldschmidt-Rothchilds. When her father became ill, the then twenty-one year old developed strange symptoms and was treated by the family physician, Joseph Breuer. The treatment consisted if Bertha relating her dreams and her own "fairy tales," a process she termed the "talking cure," which later became the basis for Freud's theories of psychoanalysis.
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Bertha Pappenheim (1859-1936), a distinguished German Jewish social worker, writer, and feminist, is also widely known as "Anna O.," who coined the term "talking cure" in psychoanalysis. She was the subject of one of the case studies in hysteria published by Josef Breuer and Sigmund Freud in 1895. In this first comprehensive biography, Guttmann (speech, theater, and media studies, CUNY) includes texts by Pappenheim stories, essays, poems, lectures, letters, and prayers, some published for the first time. Pappenheim ran an orphanage, fought the white slave trade and Jewish prostitution, translated Wollstonecraft, argued against Zionism, corresponded with Martin Buber, Felix Warburg, and other luminaries, and suffered at the rise of Hitler. Guttmann's homework and fieldwork are impressive, her admiration of Pappenheim justifiably strong, and her text inviting and important. Recommended for general libraries and essential for collections in feminism, Jewish studies, psychoanalysis, and social work. [The Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, will receive a portion of the proceeds from this book's sales. Ed.] E. James Lieberman, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, DC ...
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