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THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-1
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-2
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-3
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-4
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-5
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-6
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-7
DEGREES OF SENTIMENTAL ATTACHMENT AT DIFFERENT PERIODS-8
A VIEW OF MATRIMONY IN THREE DIFFERENT LIGHTS
FEMALE FRIENDSHIP
A LETTER TO A NEW MARRIED MAN
ITALIAN DEBAUCHERY
CUSTOM IN THE MOGUL EMPIRE
ANECDOTE OF CAESAR
POWER OF PHILTRES AND CHARMS
LAPLAND AND GREENLAND LADY
ART OF DETERMINING THE PRECISE FIGURE, THE DEGREE OF BEAUTY,THE HABITS, AND THE AGE, OF WOMEN, NOTWITHSTANDING THE AIDS AND DISGUISES OF DRESS
THE IDEAL OF FEMALE BEAUTY; OR A DESCRIPTION OF THE FAMOUS STATUE OF THE VENUS DE MEDICI
AN ESSAY ON MATRIMONY-1
AN ESSAY ON MATRIMONY-2
Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex. PREFACE
THE SEXUAL ABERRATIONS-1.1
DEVIATION IN REFERENCE TO THE SEXUAL AIM-1.2
GENERAL STATEMENTS APPLICABLE TO ALL PERVERSIONS-1.3
PARTIAL IMPULSES AND EROGENOUS ZONES-1.4
THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY-2.1
THE SEXUAL AIM OF THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY-2.2
THE INFANTILE SEXUAL INVESTIGATION-2.3
THE SOURCES OF THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY-2.4
THE TRANSFORMATION OF PUBERTY-3
THE THEORY OF THE LIBIDO-3.1
SUMMARY-3.2
SUMMARY-3.3
INDEX-1
INDEX-2
INDEX-3

INTRODUCTION TO TRANSLATION v 

AUTHOR'S PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION ix 

AUTHOR'S PREFACE TO THE THIRD EDITION x 

I. THE SEXUAL ABERRATIONS 1 

II. THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY 36 

III. THE TRANSFORMATION OF PUBERTY 68 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO TRANSLATION 

 

 

The somewhat famous "Three Essays," which Dr. Brill is here bringing to 

the attention of an English-reading public, occupy--brief as they 

are--an important position among the achievements of their author, a 

great investigator and pioneer in an important line. It is not claimed 

that the facts here gathered are altogether new. The subject of the 

sexual instinct and its aberrations has long been before the scientific 

world and the names of many effective toilers in this vast field are 

known to every student. When one passes beyond the strict domains of 

science and considers what is reported of the sexual life in folkways 

and art-lore and the history of primitive culture and in romance, the 

sources of information are immense. Freud has made considerable 

additions to this stock of knowledge, but he has done also something of 

far greater consequence than this. He has worked out, with incredible 

penetration, the part which this instinct plays in every phase of human 

life and in the development of human character, and has been able to 

establish on a firm footing the remarkable thesis that psychoneurotic 

illnesses never occur with a perfectly normal sexual life. Other sorts 

of emotions contribute to the result, but some aberration of the sexual 

life is always present, as the cause of especially insistent emotions 

and repressions. 

 

The instincts with which every child is born furnish desires or cravings 

which must be dealt with in some fashion. They may be refined 

("sublimated"), so far as is necessary and desirable, into energies of 

other sorts--as happens readily with the play-instinct--or they may 

remain as the source of perversions and inversions, and of cravings of 

new sorts substituted for those of the more primitive kinds under the 

pressure of a conventional civilization. The symptoms of the functional 

psychoneuroses represent, after a fashion, some of these distorted 

attempts to find a substitute for the imperative cravings born of the 

sexual instincts, and their form often depends, in part at least, on the 

peculiarities of the sexual life in infancy and early childhood. It is 


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