[PW] Wilhelm Stekel attribution in Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye"

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
Sat Mar 11 10:23:52 PST 2017


This request has now been satisfied.
Thanks to all, Garson

On Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 1:03 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> A character in J. D. Salinger's modern classic "The Catcher in the
> Rye" references a quotation attributed to Wilhelm Stekel who was an
> early follower of Freud:
>
> [Begin excerpt]
> He went over to this desk on the other side of the room, and without
> sitting down wrote something on a piece of paper. Then he came back
> and sat down with the paper in his hand. "Oddly enough, this wasn't
> written by a practicing poet. It was written by a psychoanalyst named
> Wilhelm Stekel. Here's what he—Are you still with me?"
>
> "Yes, sure I am."
>
> "Here's what he said: The mark of the immature man is that he wants to
> die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he
> wants to live humbly for one.'"
> [End except]
>
> I received an inquiry on this topic and located a germane scholarly
> article behind a steep paywall. (Thirty days access for $102.) If you
> have access to this document and you are willing to help please
> contact me off-list.
>
> Year: 2013
> Volume 26, Issue 2: Twentieth-Century American Literature
> Periodical: ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews
> Article: The Sources of the Stekel Quotation in Salinger's The Catcher
> in the Rye
> Author: Peter G. Beidler
> Pages 71-75
>
> http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0895769X.2013.775049
>
> The Wikiquote webpage for Wilhelm Stekel provides useful information
> in the Misattributed section. The quotation is traced back to German
> writer Otto Ludwig.
> https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Wilhelm_Stekel
>
> Garson


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