chapter  18
On Freud and Reich
Pages 5

In general, I subscribe to the sacred right of authors to write the book they wish to write, rather than a book which the reviewer would wish them to write instead. Nevertheless, certain terms of reference are on occasion dictated by time and circumstance. Freud’s ideas were not born yesterday. In rough and possibly distorted outline, they are common property. Hence an author writing a short book on them, clearly aimed at an unspecialized audience, cannot content himself with a simple account of those ideas and their genesis. He must attempt to relate his hero to the intellectual climate which owes him so much, and offer some kind of stocktaking. It is just this which is so crucially lacking in Professor Wollheim’s closely packed book on Freud’s intellectual development.1