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Erich Fromm : his life and ideas : an illustrated biography
Funk, Rainer.
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Mut zum Menschen. English
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New York : Continuum, [2000]

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175 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 29 cm
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BF109.F76 F8413 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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A large-format (9x11") pictorial biography depicting psychoanalyst Fromm amid the backdrop of his world. Describes his childhood immersion in Judaic studies, his encounters with the work of Freud, and his affiliation with and subsequent break from thinkers associated with the Institute for Social Research. Chronicles his flight from Nazi Germany, his teaching career in the US and Mexico, and his last years. Includes a wealth of bandw photos of Fromm and his contemporaries, from personal collections. Lacks a subject index. Funk is the literary executor of the Erich Fromm Estate and editor of a multivolume German publication of Fromm's complete works. Annotation copyrighted by Book News Inc., Portland, OR

Author Notes

Rainer Funk is the author of "Erich Fromm: The Courage to be Human," as well as the editor of the multivolume German edition of Fromm's complete works.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Using a fittingly psychoanalytic approach, Fromm's literary executor Funk provides penetrating commentary on his subject, focusing on the various dimensions of Fromm's relationship with his parents, his search for alternate mother and father figures, and the crucial impact of early mentors. The numerous photos deftly express Funk's points. For example, while Funk does an excellent job of describing the relationship between Fromm and his mother, several well-chosen photos reveal more of the dreariness and emotional dissimilarity than any description ever could. As with most illustrated biographies, the scope of the text is fairly narrow, with a tendency to summarize Fromm's life rather than delve into its finer points. The reader will have to refer to more exhaustive biographies such as Daniel Burston's The Legacy of Erich Fromm (LJ 2/1/91) or Svante Lundgren's Fight Against Idols (Peter Lang, 1998). Recommended for public and academic libraries.DDavid Valencia, King Cty. Lib. Syst., Federal Way, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Funk's lavishly illustrated biography succeeds admirably in introducing the general reader to the "life" and "ideas" of the underappreciated Fromm. Funk is good at helping the nonspecialist understand the nature and significance of Fromm's life and his attempt to comprehend the psychological dynamics of social phenomena through an integration of Freud and Marx. And he is good at situating Fromm in his cultural milieu and at chronicling the major milestones of his career--for example, Fromm's break with orthodox Judaism, his rejection of Freud's libido theory, his debate with Herbert Marcuse, his work in Mexico, his efforts to humanize the encounter between analyst and analysand, his radical critique of capitalist society, and his political activism. As Fromm's literary executor and editor of the multivolume German edition of the complete works, Funk is well positioned to elucidate the nuances of the Frommian synthesis--a syntheses that links the individual unconscious with historical materialism via the mediating construct of a dialectical "social character." Well designed and executed, with a plethora of black-and-white photos and a variety of useful bibliographic aids, this is a work for all public, college, and university libraries. H. I. Einsohn; Middlesex Community College

Table of Contents

1 A Background of Tradition: Family and Childhoodp. 6
2 "How Is This Possible?" The Questioning Adolescentp. 32
3 Apprenticeship of the Soul: From Talmudic Studies to Psychoanalysisp. 50
4 To New Shores: The Struggle to Define His Own thinkingp. 78
5 Venture of Freedom: The New Identityp. 102
6 The Art of Loving and the Reality of the Destructive Urgep. 128
7 Life out of Being: The Wisdom of Old Agep. 154
Notesp. 166
Organizations devoted to Erich Frommp. 168
Select index to the writings of Erich Frommp. 169
Select writings on Erich Frommp. 172
Important dates in the life of Erich Frommp. 173
Image acknowledgmentsp. 174
Index of namesp. 175