The Interpretation of Murder

By Jed Rubenfeld
(Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312427054, 452pp.)

Publication Date: May 15, 2007

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In the summer of 1909, Sigmund Freud arrived by steamship in New York Harbor for a short visit to America. Though he would live another thirty years, he would never return to this country. Little is known about the week he spent in Manhattan, and Freud's biographers have long speculated as to why, in his later years, he referred to Americans as "savages" and "criminals."

In "The Interpretation of Murder, " Jed Rubenfeld weaves the facts of Freud's visit into a riveting, atmospheric story of corruption and murder set all over turn-of-the-century New York. Drawing on case histories, Shakespeare's "Hamlet, " and the historical details of a city on the brink of modernity, "The Interpretation of Murder "introduces a brilliant new storyteller, a novelist who, in the words of "The New York Times, " "will be no ordinary pop-cultural sensation.

About the Author
Currently a professor of law at Yale University, Jed Rubenfeld is one of this country's foremost experts on constitutional law. He wrote his Princeton undergraduate thesis on Sigmund Freud and studied Shakespeare at Julliard. He is the author of "The Interpretation of Murder". He lives in Connecticut.
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