Freud's World
An Encyclopedia of His Life and Times
by Luis A. Cordón
May 2012, 497pp, 7x10
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-33905-9
$108, £84, 94€, A148
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From his curious early-career beliefs about cocaine to his sexist concepts about women and the entire framework of psychotherapy, there are easily as many detractors of Freud’s work as proponents. But there is no denying the far-reaching influence and legacy of his theories and methods, despite the deep-seated controversy about his techniques.

Comprising well-known and obscure information, this compendium provides a historical context to the facts of Sigmund Freud’s life, theories, and influence on society.

Sigmund Freud is one of the most influential 20th-century intellectuals in Europe and the United States. His innovative theories and unprecedented practices are topics worthy of extensive review, but just as fascinating are the events of his life and the origins of his core beliefs.

Freud’s World: An Encyclopedia of His Life and Times organizes the important components of Freud’s life and work in an encyclopedia format, enabling readers to quickly zero in on the particular ideas, individuals, and circumstances that contributed to his vast influence. Controversy about the scientific utility of psychoanalytic concepts is specifically addressed. Gathering a wide range of information into a single, easy-to-read volume, this book serves as an ideal starting point for any student interested in learning about Sigmund Freud.


  • Hundreds of entries on the life and work of Sigmund Freud spanning over five decades
  • Photographic portraits of various key figures
  • A bibliography of sources for further reading on specific topics of interest
Luis A. Cordón, PhD, is professor of psychology at Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT. His published works include Popular Psychology: An Encyclopedia.


"Freud's World is a useful interpretive work. . . . Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and general readers."—Choice, November 1, 2012

"An excellent encyclopedia-style Freud primer, both engaging and practical for secondary and college-level researchers as well as interested lay readers."—Library Journal, September 1, 2012
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