The Black Books

Author(s) : C G Jung, Editor : Sonu Shamdasani

The Black Books

Book Details

  • Publisher : W.W.Norton
  • Published : October 2020
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 1648
  • Category :
    Jung and Analytical Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 95000
  • ISBN 13 : 9780393088649
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393088

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Until now, the single most important unpublished work by C.G. Jung—The Black Books.

In 1913, C.G. Jung started a unique self- experiment that he called his “confrontation with the unconscious”: an engagement with his fantasies in a waking state, which he charted in a series of notebooks referred to as The Black Books. These intimate writings shed light on the further elaboration of Jung’s personal cosmology and his attempts to embody insights from his self- investigation into his life and personal relationships. The Red Book drew on material recorded from 1913 to 1916, but Jung actively kept the notebooks for many more decades.

Presented in a magnificent, seven-volume slipcased edition, the collection features a revelatory essay by noted Jung scholar Sonu Shamdasani—illuminated by a selection of Jung’s vibrant visual works—and both translated and facsimile versions of each notebook, The Black Books offer a unique portal into Jung’s mind and the origins of analytical psychology.

About the Author(s)

Sonu Shamdasani is a historian of psychology, and a research associate at the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London. He is the author of Jung and the Making of Modern Psychology: The Dream of a Science and Cult Fictions: C. G. Jung and the Founding of Analytical Psychology, which won the Gradiva Prize of the World Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis in 1999 for the best historical and biographical work. He has also edited several books.

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