Freud's Mistress

Freud's Mistress

Large Print - 2013
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Minna Bernays, an overeducated lady's companion, is abruptly fired, yet again, from her position; she turns to her sister, Martha, for help but becomes fascinated with her brother-in-law's pioneering theories on human sexuality.
Publisher: Detroit : Thorndike Press/Gale Cengage Learning, 2013
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410461971
Branch Call Number: L FICTION MACK 2013
Characteristics: 517 p. (large print) ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Kaufman, Jennifer


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Apr 03, 2019

This was just okay. I seemed to be putting it down a lot. Interesting insights into Freud’s life, but not much else.

KennethRossHalvorson Aug 10, 2014

Freud was such a jerk that he spoiled
a nicely written story.

Jun 01, 2014

A thoroughly enjoyable book, well written and thought-provoking

Feb 20, 2014

1 1/2 * stars. Minna Bernays is an overeducated woman with limited options. Fired yet again for speaking her mind, she finds herself out on the street with few options. In 1895 Vienna, marriage and family are are regarded as the primary role for women. Minna wants more. Out of desperation, Minna turns to her older sister, Martha, for help. But Martha has her own problems ? six young children, a host of physical ailments, a household run with military precision, and an absent, overworked, disinterested husband who happens to be Sigmund Freud. At this point he is a struggling professor, all but shunned by his peers and under attack for his theories, most of which center around sexual impulses, urges, and perversions. While Martha is shocked and repulsed by her husband?s "pornographic" work, Minna is fascinated. She is everything Martha is not ?intellectually curious, an avid reader, and stunning. But while she and Freud embark on what is at first simply an intellectual courtship, something deeper is brewing beneath the surface, something Minna cannot escape. *** As a former teacher of psychology I had not heard about this aspect of Freud's life. The book is factually based and certainly provides an interesting look at Freud's view of women. This is not a bad book, but I did not really bond with anyone. I think I would have been happier reading a good biography of Freud that looked more at his private life. I have certainly read enough about his psychological theories and their development. I think I simply chose the wrong book to read. Cannot recommend.

Jan 15, 2014

Right on BlueHippo!
All the same, a good glimpse of the times and Viennese society then….whether or not of Freud himself...

Oct 19, 2013

Good read. Although fiction and a lot of the details had to be speculation, the authors explain the facts on which they base the story. I know that this was a different times and culture, but I must admit I came away from the book with a less than stellar image of Freud and a question as to how this woman (Minna) could have been so stupid! (What did she think was going to happen at the "spa" and why didn't she just leave and head for her brother's in America before her appointment day? After all, who was the spa there to please-her or Freud?-he was paying the bills after all). It's amazing how Minna was okay with being used by both her sister and Freud. She was basically a slave to her sister and I bet her sister also felt that it was better to have her husband cavorting with her sister than some other woman I also wonder if Freud's relationship with some of the men he worked with was more than just professional. I was just struck by how these well-educated and obviously smart people could do such stupid things, fail to see their own situations, and make such a mess of their lives.


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