In 1909, accompanied by Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud visited New York. His one and only visit to the US. He was to deliver a series of lectures on psychoanalysis at Clark University. The honoury degree awarded by Clark University was the first public recognition of Freud and his work.
Despite its apparent success, Sigmund Freud always referred to his New York trip as a traumatic period in his life.
Weaving fact and fiction, Jed Rubenfeld in The Interpretation of Murder, gives a fictional account of the time Freud spent in New York.
On the morning Freud arrives in New New York, a stunning debutante is found bound and strangled in her penthouse apartment. The following night, heiress Nora Acton is found tied to a chandelier in her parents' home. She has been wounded and appears to have lost the power of speech and is unable to recall what happened.
Freud is called in to probe her mind to see if he can uncover what has happened and at the same time, solve the previous murder.
The fictional Nora Acton is based on Freud's case study of "Dora" (Ida Bauer).
The Interpretation of Murder was one of the late night book readings on BBC Radio 4, summer 2007.
In 1938 Sigmund Freud fled Germany to escape the Nazis. He set up home in England. He brought with him his books, even his famous couch.
His house is now the Freud Museum.
Synchronicity: A few days after I had finished reading The Interpretation of Murder, I was having lunch in the Guildford Institute in Guildford, where I picked up a leaflet on the Freud Museum in Hampstead. A few days after that I was listening to the Andrew Marr programme Start the Week on BBC Radio 4, which included a discussion on Freud living in Hampstead by Sally Vickers author of a recently published book, Where Three Roads Meet, featuring Freud!