By Rudolph Binion

The wealthy and engaging lifetime of Lou Andreas-Salomé (1861-1937) has been reconstructed through Professor Binion on an unlimited documentary foundation, and his findings contradict all past types of her existence. Frau Lou used to be a girl of prodigious mind, a lady of letters, and a strong character. She was once heavily associated with a number of the nice cultural figures of the time, usually earlier than they completed attractiveness. This used to be the case with Nietzsche, Rilke, Freud, Ferdinand Tönnies, Gerhart Hauptmann, Arthur Schnitzler, and Martin Buber. Frau Lou not just relates yet translates Lou's existence, and the purpose of the ebook is to find how the works of the brain, no matter if clinical or innovative, come up out of non-public experience.

Contents: I. Father and Father-God. II. God's Vicar, Gillot. III. After Gillot. IV. The Unholy Trinity. V. From Pillar to submit. VI. "A Pity Forever." VII. Lou with no Nietzsche. VIII. The Wayward Disciple. IX. Rites of affection. X. Super-Lou and Raincr. XI. Russia In, Raincr Out. XII. Idly Busy. XIII. At Freud's Elbow. XIV. a customized Freudianism. XV. Theorizing for Freud. XVI. dwelling for Freud. XVII. apart from Freud. XVIII. Revamping the prior. XIX. "Homecoming." XX. A Retrospect. XXI. past Frau Lou. Bibliography. Index.

Originally released in 1968.

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Her physical symptoms worsened. As for her mental ones: ". . "69 Gradually, though, Gillot did bring her interest round from his subjects as his to his subjects as such, then finally as hers: the following winter found her preparing to study comparative religion at the University of Zurich after her confirmation. Meanwhile, even as she was idealizing Gillot—unknowingly "creating him for myself" in the image of her childhood god, and "by the same method" at that70 i Pfeiffer, Leben, 289 (*Lou in old age).

76 Lou, however, was preclusively gripped by her infantile father complex, still unresolved. Before supplanting Gillot completely, she needed first to establish herself as his virtual daugh­ ter-wife—all else and others be damned. Such was the "instinctual must not amenable to reason"77 of her Gillot days, later dignified by her variously as an inner summons to knowledge or freedom or integrity. Gillot lent her encouragement. He embraced her freely, called her "my girl,"™ took fondest pains with her.

He fast turned her into an impassioned student of religion and philosophy after his own manner. He also taught her to do tight resumes of whatever she read—and let her write diaries for his approbation. She read herself wan for him by daylight and candle­ light. She learned Dutch so as to use his own copy of Kant. Belong­ ing to him altogether, she "almost devoutly" belonged to Spinoza,56 0 "She took in really nothing of what he said, noticed only the way he said it" (1893g:32). iThe term uMdrchenstiindchen" (Caro—»Lou, 5 Vl 1879: below, p.

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