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Lover : embracing our passionate hearts
Publication Information:
New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2002.
Physical Description:
143 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm.
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"A Book Laboratory book"--T.p. verso
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PS648.L6 L74 2002 V.4 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The volumes in this series highlight the artistry of America's collective spirit, as they reveal how archetypal images shape and distinguish us as a people. With an Introduction by Robert A. Johnson

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Booklist Review

Readers of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell will be familiar with the concept of archetypes, symbolic figures that embody key aspects of our contradictory nature, from the hero to the fool. The highly innovative and gorgeously illustrated series, Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious: Reflecting American Culture through Literature and Art, considers American variations on these ancient themes in volumes that combine provocative writings, Native American myths, and extraordinarily well chosen images, both handmade and photographic. Andrew Weil introduces The Healer by discussing "the paradox of the healer archetype," the fact that although people depend on a healer, whether physician or spiritual guide, to eradicate their ills, healing must come from within. And sure enough, the essays that follow depict the complexities and mysteries of the healer's role. William Carlos Williams portrays a doctor who becomes enraged by a stubborn child, and Oliver Sacks describes an 89-year-old patient who presents him with a surprisingly accurate self-diagnosis. Other eloquent contributors include Langston Hughes, Lewis Thomas, and medical intuitive Caroline Myss. The archetypal romantic lover stands for "the single greatest energy system that governs our lives," writes Jungian analyst Robert Johnson in his wise and reflective introduction to The Lover. Johnson cautions that for all its passion and excitement, however, romantic love is also the source of painful illusions, and love's many faces are revealed in stories, essays, and poems rich in sensuality, psychological subtlety, irony, and humor. Intense and revealing vignettes by Lydia Davis, Joe Balay, and Joyce Carol Oates vie with Mark Twain's satirically keen "From the Diaries of Adam and Eve," while arresting juxtapositions of text and picture make this volume particularly alluring. America, writes best-selling author Jean Houston in introducing The Seeker, is "the seeker's paradise, the visionary land of freedom and opportunity" and a magnet for people on quests pragmatic or spiritual. The American psyche is shaped by both the nation's success and failure in living up to the dreams of seekers hoping for personal revelation and spiritual communion, and America is home to a dazzling diversity of spiritual perspectives and practices, which are reflected in such intriguing selections as excerpts from The Wizard of Oz; poems by Whitman, Frost, and Alice Walker; accounts of spiritual visions by Richard Russo and Rachel Naomi Remen; and the wisdom of Martin Luther King. Every aspect of life has its shadow, but people are reluctant to talk about it, observes poet Robert Bly in his introduction to The Shadow, the most sobering of these four engaging and illuminating inquiries into American archetypes. We must face our dark side, Bly declares, to understand our past, control our less than altruistic impulses, and realize our dream of a better world. The unexpected selections that follow bear this out. Courageous glimpses into the dark side by Frederick Douglass, Bernard Malamud, Shirley Jackson, Anne Sexton, Stephen King, and Adrienne Rich evince a strange, sorrowful, yet hopeful beauty as they intuitively channel an archetype's infinitely resonant power. --Donna Seaman

Table of Contents

Robert A. JohnsonMark Robert WaldmanO. HenryDebra BoxerAnn MenebrokerMark TwainPaula Gunn AllenBrenda MillerGary GildnerEmily DickinsonWilliam SansomJoe BalayIsabel AllendeIrwin ShawWalt WhitmanBruce Holland RogersAlan B. ChinenEdwin FriedmanNancy KilpatrickEdgar Allan PoeMary AustinJames ThurberLydia DavisAmy UyematsuJoyce Carol OatesRobert FulgbumIan Frazier
About This Seriesp. 5
Introduction: Romance and the Archtype of Lovep. 8
Searching For Love Through Stories and Artp. 12
The Gift of the Magip. 16
Innocence in Extremisp. 23
Thisp. 29
From the Diaries of Adam and Evep. 30
Eve the Foxp. 41
The Datep. 43
Sleepy Time Galp. 51
Wild Nightsp. 54
The Kissp. 56
The Song of Songs--from the Old Testamentp. 62
A Fourth of Julyp. 64
Daughter of Fortunep. 71
Scarfacep. 73
The Girls in their Summer Dressesp. 77
To a Common Prostitutep. 84
Frankie and Johnniep. 86
The Wrong Cartp. 89
Stubborn Husband, Stubborn Wifep. 93
Metamorphosisp. 98
Woodworkerp. 103
The Oval Portraitp. 111
Song of the Passionate Loverp. 112
Mr. Preble Gets Rid of His Wifep. 115
The Sockp. 121
To Women Who Sleep Alonep. 125
The Boyp. 126
The Cigarp. 129
Dating your Momp. 133
Acknowledgmentsp. 136
About the Editorp. 137
About the Book Creatorsp. 137
About the Introductory Authorp. 137
Text Acknowledgmentsp. 138
Art Acknowledgmentsp. 140