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The Reaction to Freud

FREUD'S early work was almost completely ignored-to such an extent that he later referred to 'a ten-year period of splendid isolation'. Of The Interpretation of Dreams, as has been noted, it took eight years to sell the six hundred copies that had been printed. Eighteen months after the publication of the book Freud wrote that not a single scientific periodical and only a few others had mentioned it. His other major work, Three Essays on Sexuality, fared slightly better: one thousand copies were printed and sold within four years. Obviously at this time the world was paying little attention to Freud.