Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN-10: 0393019675, 0393323226
ISBN-13: 978-0393019674, 978-0393323221
A meticulously researched biography of one of the world's most influencial psychoanalysts furnishes a rare insight into how Jung's revolutionary ideas grew out of his own experiences and provides an investigation into the most crucial questions surrounding the enigmatic figure.
Carl Jung was one of the world's most influential psychoanalysts. With the exception of Freud, who chose him as the first president of the International Psychoanalytic Association, no psychologist has achieved more. Previous biographers have either made Jung an idol or condemned him for his failings. Ronald Hayman neither ignores Jung's faults nor exaggerates them in investigating the most crucial paradoxes surrounding this enigmatic figure. Hailed by Anthony Storr as "the best biography of Jung," Hayman's work is "all the more effective for its detached tone that perfectly puts in proportion Jung's cruel, brilliant and crazy schemes" (The Times [London]). Impeccably researched and written with notable objectivity, A Life of Jung offers a rare insight into how Jung's revolutionary ideas grew out of his own extraordinary experiences. "Compelling....Hayman captures...the extraordinary charisma of his subject."―Newsday "Likely to become the standard biography of the revolutionary psychoanalyst."―Kirkus Reviews, starred review 16 pages of illustrations