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Reading The Red Book
An Interpretive Guide to C. G. Jung's Liber Novus
by Sanford L. Drob
Foreword by Stanton Marlan
The long-awaited publication of C.G. Jung's Red Book in October, 2009 was a signal
event in the history of analytical psychology. Hailed as the most important work in Jung's
entire corpus, it is as enigmatic as it is profound. Reading The Red Book by Sanford L.
Drob provides a clear and comprehensive guide to The Red Book's narrative and thematic
content, and details The Red Book's significance, not only for psychology but for the
history of ideas.
Praise for Reading The Red Book
"Drob writes with the heart of a spiritual seeker and the mind and eye of a scholar
... Reading The Red Book, along with his earlier work, has established him as an
important and unique voice in Jungian scholarship."
Stanton Marlan, Ph.D., ABPP, President of the Pittsburgh Society of Jungian Analysts,
and author of The Black Sun: The Alchemy and Art of Darkness
"Sanford Drob has provided us with an indispensable guide to the structure
and function, the purpose and meaning of Jung's hidden masterpiece:
this lucid commentary will surely establish itself as the inevitable starting-point of
Red Book interpretation for many years to come."
Paul Bishop, Ph.D., Professor, University of Glasgow, and
author of Reading Goethe at Midlife
"An outstanding map to guide the reader through the labyrinth of associations,
images, and thoughts contained in Jung's Red Book. Drob locates its innumerable
themes within an historical context of classical, modern, and postmodern
philosophy, connects Jung's ideas with his later works, and elucidates Jung's
unique contribution to Western thought. Reading The Red Book is a work of
exploration that serves as a companion to any reader who wishes to fathom
the secrets of Jung's most enigmatic work."
John Hill, M.A., Senior Jungian Training Analyst, Zürich, and author of
At Home in the World: Sounds and Symmetries of Belonging
"In this essential companion to Jung's Red Book, Drob tracks the path of
Jung's psychological wrestlings, placing those struggles within the broader
tradition of philosophical, theological, and mystical thought. In this way the
reader is privileged access to witness not only the astonishing raw, bloody,
personal birthing of Jung's ideas—but then also to be led into more tranquil
areas for reflection. Drob's comments as well as thematic groupings aid one
in imagining those squirming offspring into realms with implications both
practical as well as ideological. This book is clear, intelligent and helpful—
truly a must read for those who dare cross the Red Book portal."
Pat Berry, Ph.D., President, Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, a
nd author of Echo's Subtle Body: Contributions to an Archetypal Psychology
"...a much needed antidote to the perilous times in which we live where o
ur political, economic, educational and environmental practices are in dire
need of the soul's perspective."
Robert D. Romanyshyn, Professor, Pacifica Graduate Institute, and creator of
the multi-media DVD, Antarctica: Inner Journeys in the Outer World
About the Author:
Sanford L. Drob, Ph.D., is a member of the Core Faculty in
Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University in
Santa Barbara, California. Dr. Drob holds doctorates in both
philosophy and clinical psychology and for many years
served as the Director of Psychological Assessment at
Bellevue Hospital in New York. He has a longstanding
interest in the interface between mysticism, philosophy,
and psychology and is the author of several books on
Jewish mysticism, the most recent of which are
Kabbalah and Postmodernism: A Dialog and
Kabbalistic Visions: C.G. Jung and Jewish Mysticism.
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