A gifted writer, Freud won the coveted Goethe Prize for literature in 1930. He recieved a stipend of 2,500, of which he gave $250 to his aging friend Lou Andreas-Salome.
Why literature? Adam Phillips, the editor of a new translation of Freud's work, asserts that Freud should be read like 'any great novelist'. Take his case of Dora, which has been compared to the twentieth-century novels of Marcel Proust, Henry James, and James Joyce, and to the plays of Henrik Ibsen. Rather than moving only in chronological sequence, Freud moves back and forth, presenting multiple analytic perspectives by using modern techniques such as theoretical digressions, dramatic flashbacks, and warnings to the reader.