From the book jacket:
Sigmund Freuds only visit to America, The Interpretation of
is an intricate tale of murder and the minds most
dangerous mysteries. It unfurls on a sweltering August evening
in 1909 as Freud disembarks from the steamship George
Washington, accompanied by Carl Jung, his rival and protégé.
Across town, in an opulent apartment high above the city, a
stunning young woman is found dangling from a
chandelierwhipped, mutilated, and strangled. The next day, a
second beautya rebellious heiress who scorns both high society
and her less adventurous parentsbarely escapes the killer. Yet
Nora Acton, suffering from hysteria, can recall nothing of her
attack. Asked to help her, Dr. Stratham Younger, Americas most
Beyond the Book
The Interpretation of Murder
inspired by the real-life mystery
's one and only
visit to America in 1909 when he came to
deliver lectures at Clark University.
The trip appeared to be a tremendous
success and Freud was portrayed
glowingly in newspapers. However,
he returned to Europe referring to
Americans as "savages" and "primitives"
and blaming America for his breakdown in
health, even though he had been sick
well before visiting the USA.
Although many of Freud's theories have
been rejected, his memory, and some of
his methods, live on. One example...