The Red Book: Liber Novus by C.G. JungWhen Carl Jung embarked on an extended self-exploration he called it 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.
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Culture Vulture: Reading Jung’s “Red Book,” Part Two
It recounts and comments upon the author's imaginative experiences between and , and is based on manuscripts first drafted by Jung in —15 and Norton in a facsimile edition, complete with an English translation, three appendices, and over editorial notes. In December , Norton additionally released a "Reader's Edition" of the work; this smaller format edition includes the complete translated text of The Red Book: Liber Novus along with the introduction and notes prepared by Shamdasani, but it omits the facsimile reproduction of Jung's original calligraphic manuscript. While the work has in past years been descriptively called simply "The Red Book", Jung did emboss a formal title on the spine of his leather-bound folio: he titled the work Liber Novus in Latin, the "New Book". His manuscript is now increasingly cited as Liber Novus , and under this title implicitly includes draft material intended for but never finally transcribed into the red leather folio proper. Jung was associated with Sigmund Freud for a period of approximately six years, beginning in
Carl Gustav Jung. The Red Book Reader's Edition. Read Jung's classic autobiography. I suspect many of those who ordered the book unaware of this will be surprised and disappointed. This distinction was not made clear in pre-publication information.
Psychotherapy as theater, or interpreting the imagery of one of history’s most famous interpreters.
Spano, Ph. Like a massive, medieval folio reminiscent of the Book of Kells , The Red Book included over pages of beautifully handwritten, calligraphic text and 53 startlingly brilliant full-page paintings. By , he had finished most of the initial composition of the book but poured over it until , revising, adding commentary, editing Furlotti. Could he expose his own intensely private struggles to a mass audience? Would he be deemed a madman, a mystic, or an unfulfilled artist?
In Jungian circles, it was as hotly anticipated as the new Dan Brown thriller, and the story of how it came to light reads like one to match. Jung, the founder of modern analytical psychology, started the book at a time in his life described alternately depending on the account as a mid-life crisis, a psychotic break, or a reflection of the chaos that enveloped Europe during World War I. Within the pages of the original, physical leather-bound red book, Jung practiced with himself what he was doing daily in his patient practice: taking deliberately deep dives into his murky unconscious and recording everything when he emerged. Intricately painted pages alternate with accounts of his dreams, both sleeping and waking, and the results were bizarre enough that his heirs spent decades treating the tome like samizdat following his death in The Jung family drama is reason enough to read the excellent Times piece , which captures the almost absurd sense of secrecy surrounding the book and its embattled history. In a series of talks called The Red Book Dialogues , the museum curated more than 30 fantastic pairings of cultural creatives and Jungian analysts to talk about the book, themselves, and the collective unconscious.