For those psychiatrists interested in Freud’s views, especially his writings on art and literature, and who do not have the complete Standard Edition, this little volume is available in an inexpensive paperback and well worth reading. However, I am not comfortable with the use of such a book in courses of an academic nature because I think those unacquainted with Freud’s basic writings will have a lot of trouble understanding, much less accepting, where he is coming from in his analyses of these artistic works. It is only with a thorough grounding in the massive clinical material from Freud’s consulting room, which generated his basic psychoanalytic theories, that one can grasp the validity of his approach to the arts. This approach, of course, is very one-sided and "left brain," and for this reason, Freud, who lived in Vienna at the turn of the century, a time and place where there was an explosion of modern art and music, seemed unable to comprehend or appreciate any of it. As Hamlet said to the "Roman" stoic materialist Horatio, "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."