Freud’s Dora

A Biography of Ida Bauer Adler

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About the Book

Freud’s 17-year-old case study “Dora” is well known in the literature psychoanalysis. Yet few know the full story—told here for the first time—of this notable woman, who walked out on Freud after three months and, in a sense, cured herself. Born into an important Jewish-Austrian family, Ida Bauer Adler suffered from “petite hysteria”—loss of voice, difficulty breathing, migraines, fainting spells—brought on by the overt sexuality of her relatives. Growing up in a home beset with syphilis and tuberculosis, she overcame her father’s marital infidelity, her mother’s so-called housewife psychosis and her own seduction by the husband of her father’s mistress. She married, raised a son, started a small business, stayed close with her brother, Otto, leader of the Austrian Socialist party, and survived Hitler’s invasion of Vienna. Eventually, she made her way to the U.S. to rejoin her famous son, maestro of the San Francisco Opera House.

About the Author(s)

Marge Thorell is vice president at a digital pharmaceutical advertising agency and has written a number of articles about Karin and Carl Larsson and Sweden. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic Details

Marge Thorell
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 30 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8279-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4534-6
Imprint: McFarland