Jung Stripped Bare by His Biographers, Even by Sonu Shamdasani

By Sonu Shamdasani

What percentage ‘posthumous’ lives does a guy need to stay? approximately part a century after his dying, C. G. Jung is a topic of continuous controversies. each few years, a brand new lifetime of Jung appears to be like, every one promising to supply the lacking grasp key to the mysteries of his existence and paintings, and to put naked their secrets and techniques. in spite of the fact that, with each successive ‘life,’ Jung turns into shrouded in an ever expanding internet of hearsay, gossip, innuendo and fable. We might ask the questions, why are Jung biographies so jam-packed with shortcomings? How did Jung turn into a fiction? This booklet addresses those matters. It demonstrates the pitfalls and fallacies of such works, and units out how his lifestyles and paintings may be approached on an old foundation, drawing on a long time of archival research and new documentation. It surveys makes an attempt to write down Jung’s biography from in the course of his personal lifetime until eventually the current, exhibits how thoughts, goals, Reflections got here to be falsely perceived as his autobiography, and why his accrued Works used to be by no means accomplished. therefore this paintings lays out an time table for destiny experiences and discussions of Jung and of his impression on glossy psychology and modern tradition.

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On 22 May 1960, Richard Hull wrote to Kurt Wolff indicating that he had suggested cutting this, and commencing with the line, “When I was six months old”, as this would be “the proper fairytale beginning” (BL). The passage was deleted in the published version. 63. 1 February 1958, BL. 64. Kurt Wolff to Aniela Jaffé, 9 November, 1958, BL. 65. 19 October 1958, BL. 66. At one stage, a plan was considered simply to publish the protocols as they were, but it was thought that they would be insufficiently accessible to the Shamdasani/correx 11/11/04 10:17 am Page 27 “HOW TO CATCH THE BIRD”: JUNG AND HIS FIRST BIOGRAPHERS 111 2 3 4 5 6 711 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 211 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 911 27 In August 1959, Jung wrote to Kurt Wolff from Bollingen: The present somewhat difficult and delicate situation of the book has arisen because Frau A.

101. In the late 1980s, research on the composition of the text was concurrently and independently undertaken by Alan Elms and myself (see Elms 1994 and Shamdasani 1995). Prior to this, the status of the text was unquestioned in the public domain. Bair claimed that the divergences between the English and German editions caused led to speculation concerning censorship between scholars from the moment that the work was published (2003, p. 638). This was simply not the case, as there was no public debate concerning censorship until our research was published.

Jaffé to Wolff, 19 October, 1958, BL. 86. , CLM; Hull draft translation, LC; Draft translation, BL. During the editing, there was some discussion about one passage in the manuscript. In Hull’s draft translation of Jung’s boyhood fantasy concerning Basle Cathedral, the manuscript reads: “God sits on his golden throne, high above the world, and shits on the cathedral; from under the throne falls an enormous turd falls” (p. 32, LC). In the Countway manuscript, the same passage reads: “God sits on his golden throne, high above the world, and shits on the cathedral [in hand: shits on his church]” (CLM, p.

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