Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C.g. Jung ; Recorded and Edited by Aniela Jaffe With Translation by Richard Winston and Clara Winston
Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C.g. Jung ; Recorded and Edited by Aniela Jaffe With Translation by Richard Winston and Clara Winston
Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C.g. Jung ; Recorded and Edited by Aniela Jaffe With Translation by Richard Winston and Clara Winston

Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C.g. Jung ; Recorded and Edited by Aniela Jaffe With Translation by Richard Winston and Clara Winston

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New York : Pantheon Books, 1963. Second Printing. Hardcover. 398 pages ; photographs ; 25 cm. $7.50 dust jacket with minimal wear. Light foxing to front and rear endpapers. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm.


IN THE spring of 1957, when he was eighty-one years old, C. G. Jung undertook the telling of his life story. At regular intervals he had conversations with his colleague and friend, Aniela Jaffe, and collaborated with her in the preparation of the text based on these talks. On occasion, he was moved to write entire chapters of the book in his own hand, and he continued to work on the final stages of the manuscript until shortly before his death on June 6, 1961.

This is perhaps the most unusual "autobiography" ever written by one of the world's great men. There are no recollections of meetings with celebrities, with the single exception of Freud; no Olympian judgments on world events in the manner of the elder Goethe. There is no hint of the momentous happenings of the past seventy-five years— the Second World War is not even mentioned. The book is essentially a record of the inner experiences "which alone seemed worth the telling." Unforgettable dreams that began with earliest childhood, visions when near to death, overwhelming bouts with the unconscious and encounters with the "other" reality make up the content of this interior autobiography. They were the "fiery magma" out of which Jung hammered his scientific work.

This extraordinary book will come as a revelation to those who know Jung only from his massive contribution to psychology and to the art of healing. More clearly than any of his scientific writings, it demonstrates how very much his unique insights and his "theories" rest on an empirical foundation. Inferences are few; practical experience of his own unconscious and of that of his patients counts for everything. Like the fabulous voyager of the ancient world, Jung brings back from his interior Odyssey a rich cargo of mythic tales which will intrigue and instruct generations to come, and perhaps set chosen individuals on the voyage of self-discovery.


C. G. JUNG died on June 6, 1961. shortly before his eighty-sixth birthday. The following editorial* was printed in The New York Times two days after his death:

"Along with his teacher, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung will be remembered as one of the pioneer explorers of the hidden recesses of the human psyche. He was one of the founders of analytical psychiatry, better known as psychoanalysis, which opened up new approaches to the understanding and treatment of the disturbed personality.

"Jung differed with Freud about the role of sex in shaping personality. He held that man's inner religious drives were at least as strong as any of his other hidden urges. Unlike Freud, he also believed that, in addition to the submerged motivations of every individual, as registered in his subconscious mind, each person was also influenced by the collective experience of the human race.

"New explorations of the hidden pathways of the mind are leading to considerable modifications of the concepts of both Freud and Jung. But there can be little doubt that as long as man seeks to know himself better the name of Carl Jung will be remembered."

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