‘Life and character’ gives a brief history of Freud's life and explores some of his character traits. Freud was born in what is now the Czech Republic. At the age of three he moved to Vienna, where he lived the majority of his life and raised a family. In 1938 he fled the Nazis to Britain, where he died in 1939. Freud was not religious, but was very conscious of his Jewish heritage, and credited his autonomy and confidence to anti–Semitic bullying. He obsessed about his work and neatness, and displayed compulsive collecting and smoking behaviour. In the mid–1890s he began developing his most important work — the system of psychoanalysis.