This text adds a new dimension to the history of psychoanalysis. The exciting events of the early turbulent years can be seen through the eyes of these two gifted correspondents. Such seminal events as the first psychoanalytic congress, the first analytic institute, and the defection of Jung and Rank are candidly described. This type of biography recreates the exciting mood of this remarkable period.
Abraham was one of the most brilliant of the original psychoanalytic pioneers. He spoke fluent English, Spanish, Italian, Danish, Dutch, French, Greek, and Latin. Freud called him the "first German psychoanalyst." The first meeting between Abraham and Freud took place in November 1907. From then on the two men met regularly until their last meeting in August 1924. Abraham belonged to the small group of trusted members of the inner circle, called "The Committee of the Seven Rings." Besides Freud and Abraham, the rings were worn