Jung by Deirdre Bair
A Biography

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Deirdre Bair has written about some of the most influential figures in 20th century culture-Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Anas Nin. Now she turns her expert eye to the one person whose teachings and writings are the most influential of all: psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung. The founder of analytical psychology, Jung became the first president of the International Psychoanalytic Association in 1910. Jung had a professional relationship with Sigmund Freud until he broke with the elder father of psychoanalysis over his emphasis on infantile sexuality and the Oedipus complex.As Freud's influence has waned over the years, Jung's ideas-the collective unconscious, the archetypal myths underpinning all societies, synchronicity, 'new age' spirituality, and much more-have achieved an overwhelming ascendancy.Bair addresses the myths about Jung-accusations that he was an anti-Semite and a misogynist, and that he falsified data-with evidence from his own writings and from those of his colleagues and former patients. The result is a groundbreaking and accessible work that promises to be the definitive life of Carl Jung.
 

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Deirdre Bair received the National Book Award for Samuel Beckett: A Biography. She has been a literary journalist and university professor of comparative literature. Her biographies of Anais Nin and Simone de Beauvoir were also prize finalists, and she was awarded fellowships from (among others) the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations and the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College. She divides her time between New York and Connecticut
 
Published October 31, 2003 by Little, Brown and Company. 860 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Travel, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Few characters in the history of psychoanalysis have been as gifted, pivotal, or personally fascinating as the polymorphous Jung, who, with Freud, was one of the two great figures of 20th-century psychology.

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Freud anointed Jung ''his scientific 'son and heir.' '' In 1910, according to Jung's ''Memories, Dreams, Reflections,'' Freud made a request: ''Promise me never to abandon the sexual theory.

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Jung: A Biography By Deirdre Bair 881pp, Little, Brown, £25 In 1958, at the advanced age of 83, Jung published a book on UFOs.

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Jung: A Biography by Deirdre Bair Little, Brown £25, pp881 Biographies have a pattern.

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Jung's shade would be content with Bair's biography, which in bulk and detail suggests that there is little more to say.

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Bestsellersworld

Deirdre Bair started her research for this book in Zurich in 1995 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

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Dinitia Smith NY Times Book Review 3.5 of 5 Stars "Bair has unearthed fascinating new material about Jung's role as 'Agent 488,' briefing the Office of Strategic Services' spy-recruiter Allen W.

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Hannah was a disciple of Jung from 1929 onward, and Shamdasani describes her work as "still the only indispensable biography of Jung" (p.

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