Freud: His Life and His Mind

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Freud: His Life and His Mind
Freud, His Life and His Mind (first edition).jpg
Cover of the first edition
Author Helen Walker Puner
Country United States
Language English
Genre Biography
Published 1947 (Dell Publishing)
Media type Print
Pages 288 (1959 edition)

Freud: His Life and His Mind is a 1947 biography of Sigmund Freud by Helen Walker Puner. The book was reprinted in 1959 with a new foreword by psychoanalyst Erich Fromm.[1]


Fromm, in his foreword to Freud: His Life and His Mind, comments that, "although it was not written by a professional psychologist, it shows a sensitivity and grasp of Freud's personality and cultural function which is quite unusual." Fromm welcomed its republication, crediting Puner with having provided "a more analytical and realistic" picture of Freud than previous authors and with recognizing both Freud's personal psychological problems and the pseudo-religious character of psychoanalysis. Fromm writes that Freud: His Life and His Mind, "will help greatly to disseminate a true and inspiring picture of the founder of psychoanalysis."[1] Historian Peter Gay writes in his Freud: A Life for Our Time (1988) that Puner's biography is "fairly hostile and neither very scholarly nor very reliable" but that it was sufficiently influential for Ernest Jones to criticize it in his The Life and Work of Sigmund Freud (1953).[2]



  1. ^ a b Fromm 1955. pp. 9-10.
  2. ^ Gay 1995. p. 744.


  • Fromm, Erich; Puner, Helen Walker (1959). Freud: His Life and His Mind. New York: Dell Publishers. 
  • Gay, Peter (1995). Freud: A Life for Our Time. London: Papermac. ISBN 0-333-48638-2.