The Red Book

The Red Book
Author: C. G. Jung John Peck Sonu Shamdasani Mark Kyburz
Rating: 4.54
Bestsellers Rate: 10207
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Book Format: Hardback
Binding: None
Pages: 404
Hours of reading: 6.7 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
Price: 215,14 €

About the book

"The years, of which I have spoken to you, when I pursued the inner images, were the most important time of my life. Everything else is to be derived from this. It began at that time, and the later details hardly matter anymore. My entire life consisted in elaborating what had burst forth from the unconscious and flooded me like an enigmatic stream and threatened to break me. That was the stuff and material for more than only one life. Everything later was merely the outer classification, the scientific elaboration, and the integration into life. But the numinous beginning, which contained everything, was then." These are the words of the psychologist C. G. Jung in 1957, referring to the decades he worked on The Red Book from 1914 to 1930. Although its existence has been known for more than eighty years, The Red Book was never published or made available to the wide audience of Jung's students and followers. Nothing less than the central book of Jung's oeuvre, it is being published now in a full facsimile edition with a contextual essay and notes by the noted Jung scholar Sonu Shamdasani and translated by Mark Kyburz, John Peck and Sonu Shamdasani. It will now be possible to study Jung's self-experimentation through primary documentation rather than fantasy, gossip and speculation, and to grasp the genesis of his later work. For nearly a century, such a reading has simply not been possible, and the vast literature on his life and work has lacked access to the single most important document. This publication opens the possibility of a new era in understanding Jung's work. It provides a unique window into how he recovered his soul and constituted a psychology. It is possibly the most influential hitherto unpublished work in the history of psychology. This exact facsimile of The Red Book reveals not only an extraordinary mind at work but also the hand of a gifted artist and calligrapher. Interspersed among more than two hundred lovely illuminated pages are paintings whose influences range from Europe, the Middle East and the Far East to the native art of the new world. The Red Book, much like the handcrafted "Books of Hours" from the Middle Ages, is unique. Both in terms of its place in Jung's development and as a work of art, its publication is a landmark.

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"This is a volume that will be treasured by the confirmed Jungian or by admirers of beautifully made books or by those with a taste for philosophical allegory." -- Michael Dirda - The Washington Post "For Christmas I'd like Carl Jung's The Red Book." -- Talitha Stevenson, Books of the Year 2013 - The Observer "I was amazed... by the illustrations Carl Gustav Jung made for The Red Book, which is considered the holy grail of the unconscious." -- W Magazine "...for such an arcane work [The Red Book] is generating quite a buzz... publishing The Red Book opens a new era in understanding Jung's work. It is a unique window on the construction of one of the world's most influential psychologies." -- New Scientist "The book is witness to a rare dedication to psychological research, and a prodigious curiosity. More crucially, at a time when the limits of materialism are being tested and found wanting, Jung's confidence in a spiritual dimension to human consciousness must have a renewed appeal. For this, the book deserves attention, especially when established religious models are fading in popularity and the search for a meaningful life seems to have become increasingly urgent and elusive." -- Sally Vickers - The Times

C. G. Jung Biography

Carl Gustav Jung ( YUUNG; German: [kaʁl ˈjʊŋ]; 26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology. Jung's work has been influential in the fields of psychiatry, anthropology, archaeology, literature, philosophy, psychology, and religious studies. Jung worked as a research scientist at the Burghölzli psychiatric hospital, under Eugen Bleuler. During this time, he came to the attention of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis. The two men conducted a lengthy correspondence and collaborated, for a while, on a joint vision of human psychology. Freud saw the younger Jung as the heir he had been seeking to take forward his "new science" of psychoanalysis and to this end secured his appointment as president of his newly founded International Psychoanalytical Association. Jung's research and personal vision, however, made it impossible for him to follow his older colleague's doctrine and a schism became inevitable. This division was personally painful for Jung and resulted in the establishment of Jung's analytical psychology as a comprehensive system separate from psychoanalysis. Among the central concepts of analytical psychology is individuation—the lifelong psychological process of differentiation of the self out of each individual's conscious and unconscious elements. Jung considered it to be the main task of human development. He created some of the best known psychological concepts, including synchronicity, archetypal phenomena, the collective unconscious, the psychological complex and extraversion and introversion. Jung was also an artist, craftsman, builder and a prolific writer. Many of his works were not published until after his death and some are still awaiting publication.

Biography

Early years

Childhood

Carl Gustav Jung was born 26 July 1875 in Kesswil, in the Swiss canton of Thurgau, the first surviving son of Paul Achilles Jung (1842–1896) and Emilie Preiswerk (1848–1923). His birth was preceded by two stillbirths and the birth of a son named Paul, born in 1873, who survived only a few days.Paul Jung, Carl's father, was the youngest son of noted German-Swiss professor of medicine at Basel, Karl Gustav Jung (1794–1864). Paul's hopes of achieving a fortune never materialised, and he did not progress beyond the status of an impoverished rural pastor in the Swiss Reformed Church. Emilie Preiswerk, Carl's mother, had also grown up in a large family, whose Swiss roots went back five centuries. Emilie was the youngest child of a distinguished Basel churchman and academic, Samuel Preiswerk (1799–1871), and his second wife. Samuel Preiswerk was an Antistes, the title given to the head of the Reformed clergy in the city, as well as a Hebraist, author, and editor, who taught Paul Jung as his professor of Hebrew at Basel University.: 17–19 Jung's father was appointed to a more prosperous parish in Laufen, when Jung was six years old. At this time, tensions ... Read full biography

Authors: C. G. Jung John Peck Sonu Shamdasani Mark Kyburz
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Publisher: WW Norton & Co
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Languages: | English |
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ISBN13: 9780393065671
ISBN10: 0393065677
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Illustrations: 212 color illustrations
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Book Format: Hardback
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Pages: 404
Book Weight: 4102
Book Dimensions: 305x401x48
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Publication date: March 1, 2010
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Publication City/Country: New York, United States

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