Jung: His Life and Work, a Biographical Memoir
This biography, a full-scale study of Jung's life and work by a pupil, friend, and close associate for more than thirty years, is a lucid, penetrating account of Jung’s career that stresses the essential wholeness of the man and traces the difficult path by which that wholeness was achieved. From his earliest years to his death, through the crowded inner and outer events of his long lifetime, this study presents a view of the real Jung rather than the creature of legend. Treating side by side his theoretical apparatus and such personal matters as his relationship with Toni Wolff and his supposed flirtation with Nazism, it reveals, more than any other work to date, Jung's humanity and his genius as a "navigator of the unconscious."
"Hannah's book is a warm, very personal biographical memoir: She provides much information about Jung's early life, and her interweaving of events in his life with the development of Jung's theory is well done....The book fills in many gaps left by Jung's autobiography, Memories, Dreams , Reflections ( 1 963). Hannah tells a good story; the book is well written and presents a good overview of Jung's life and work. It would be a good introduction to Jung’s life for undergraduates:' -Choice
"... of particular significance is the way in which the author draws on her personal knowledge to elucidate certain controversial issues and myths. . . . she records all she knows about them, providing hitherto unpublished information of note ... her comments provide an authentic source for future biographers. Anyone interested in Jung's life- from his early childhood to his last days, will find this honest, warm, and human book highly enriching and stimulating." -Library Journal
"... fascinating full-scale study of Jung's creative life and striving toward psychological wholeness. A sympathetic yet perceptive book which shows how Jungian psychology flowed from Jung the person' -Publishers Weekly
" [Hannah] draws on her journals, recollections of conversations with Jung, and her sharing in the life of his professional household for many years ... and is full of the kind of detail that can be important in understanding so individual a figure. Her clear explanatory narrative can serve as an introduction to Jung, and her sturdy account will also draw aficionados." -Kirkus
"... Hannah's memoir, like Jung's work: is a biography lover's dream." -Best Sellers
"...Hannah's book is a valuable contribution and provides a good overview of his work." -Chicago Tribune
"Author Hannah takes one systematically and enjoyably through Jung's life” -Houston Chronical
Barbara Hannah (1891–1986) was born in England. She went to Zürich in 1929 to study with Carl Jung and lived in Switzerland the rest of her life. A close associate of Jung until his death, she was a practicing psychotherapist and lecturer at the C.G. Jung Institute. Her books available from Chiron include The Archetypal Symbolism of Animals; Encounters with the Soul; Jung, His Life and Work: A Biographical Memoir; and Striving Toward Wholeness.
The current quickening of interest in Carl Gustav Jung has produced a number of books. This one, says its author - a now 80-year-old Englishwoman - "claims only to be a biographical memoir, showing his life as it appeared to me." On the MS being shown to Jung's children, they "thoroughly disapproved," feeling that his Memories, Dreams and Reflections met the need for a biography. Note also the 1975 book - not a biography - C. G. Jung: His Myth in Our Time by Marie Louise von Franz, in whose understanding of his ideas, says Miss Hannah, Jung had complete confidence. In her own book Miss Hannah sets out to show "how Jung first lived his psychology and later formulated in words what he had lived." She draws on her journals, recollections of conversations with Jung, and her sharing in the life of his professional household for many years, so that her book runs to over 400 pages and is full of the kind of detail that can be important in understanding so individual a figure. She touches base frequently with Memories and deals at length with two issues on which, she feels, circumstances have left her with special knowledge. The first is Jung's attitude to the Nazis; her completely convincing account leaves him with a clean record. And second his relationship with his associate Toni Wolff; here her apologia is less successful. The author may be more Jungian than Jung but she always leaves the reader wanting to follow up her pointers to his own writing. Her clear explanatory narrative can serve as an introduction to Jung, and her sturdy account will also draw aficionados. --(Kirkus Reviews)
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