Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Hidden Treasures Come to Light


From Carl Jung's "Red Book"

This fall, we are seeing the publication of two manuscripts that have been locked away for the better part of eighty years.

The Red Book, by Carl Jung, is scheduled for release this month. From Amazon:

The most influential unpublished work in the history of psychology. When Carl Jung embarked on an extended self-exploration he called his “confrontation with the unconscious,” the heart of it was The Red Book, a large, illuminated volume he created between 1914 and 1930. Here he developed his principle theories—of the archetypes, the collective unconscious, and the process of individuation—that transformed psychotherapy from a practice concerned with treatment of the sick into a means for higher development of the personality.



While Jung considered The Red Book to be his most important work, only a handful of people have ever seen it. Now, in a complete facsimile and translation, it is available to scholars and the general public. It is an astonishing example of calligraphy and art on a par with The Book of Kells and the illuminated manuscripts of William Blake. This publication of The Red Book is a watershed that will cast new light on the making of modern psychology.


The book will include 212 color illustrations and I’ve included several of them here.



A couple of weeks ago, the New York Times featured a major review of the book at:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/20/magazine/20jung-t.html

If (and that’s a big “if”) the book measures up to the fanfare, it is something remarkable.



While waiting for the Jung book, I’ve had a chance to read an Appalachian novel that was written in the 1920s, Horace Kephart’s Smoky Mountain Magic. The action takes place on Deep Creek, Big Cove and Bryson City, and is an enjoyable tale that reflects Kephart’s varied interests. I knew that I was not qualified to give the book a proper review so I’m happy to see that Gary Carden has done so at his Holler Notes blog:
http://hollernotes.blogspot.com/2009/10/blog-post.html


1 comment:

Gary Carden said...

I just ordered the Red Book.....not the $104 one, but the $11 one. I am almost reluctant to receive it because I am about to go on a binge again. The last one was Joseph Campbell, and Campbell and Jung have much in common. In fact, Campbell (who was not prone to acknowledge influence) readily said that most of his thinking was "Jungian." Well, we will see. I guess I am eager for my next "obsession" to begin.