The Red Book: A Reader's Edition: A Reader's Edition

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A portable edition of the famous Red Book text and essay.

The Red Book, published to wide acclaim in 2009, contains the nucleus of C. G. Jung’s later works. It was here that he developed his principal theories of the archetypes, the collective unconscious, and the process of individuation that would transform psychotherapy from treatment of the sick into a means for the higher development of the personality. As Sara Corbett wrote in the New York Times, “The creation of one of modern history’s true visionaries, The Red Book is a singular work, outside of categorization. As an inquiry into what it means to be human, it transcends the history of psychoanalysis and underscores Jung’s place among revolutionary thinkers like Marx, Orwell and, of course, Freud.” The Red Book: A Reader’s Edition features Sonu Shamdasani’s introductory essay and the full translation of Jung’s vital work in one volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393242485
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/21/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 600
Sales rank: 179,193
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

C. G. Jung (1875– 1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist and the founder of analytical psychology.
Sonu Shamdasani is a professor at University College London. He lives in London.
John Peck has taught literature at Princeton, Mount Holyoke, Skidmore, and the University of Zurich, and worked as a Jungian analyst in New England for fifteen years. The author of Collected Shorter Poems and Red Strawberry Leaf, he has translated Luigi Zoja, edits for the Philemon Foundation, and lives in Connecticut.
Mark Kyburz, Ph.D., specializes in German into English scholarly translation. Over the past twenty years, he has translated numerous books and articles in various areas of the humanities and social sciences. He is currently working on the lectures that C. G. Jung delivered at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule from 1933 to 1941. He lives in Zürich.

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The Red Book 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 reviews.
Dr_MichaelLouie More than 1 year ago
Over the years as a psychologist, I have studied or at least read the works of the major theorists in the art of psychotherapy. The Red Book has been a legend that has been clothed in secrecy. So much is available by and about Carl Jung's work, but this personal creative exploration has never been more than a fantasy. This publication and availability from B&N so soon after publication is truly a gift. I pre-ordered it after reading the New York Times Magazine article. I expected a normal sized volume, that I would be able to carry with me on a plane trip. What arrived was a very large work of art, a magnificent and detailed document created by and honoring one of the greatest minds in analytical psychology. I sit in a great easy chair and become enveloped in it's artistic and puzzling content, a visual and intellectual masterpiece to treasure and to pass down to my children.
philemon More than 1 year ago
Finally having access to C.G. Jung's Red Book is an opening into the mind of one of the most profound thinkers of the 20th Century. It is not an easy read, but then it is a profound journey into the mind of Jung as he made his journey. That the heirs of Carl Jung and the commitment of Sonu Shamdasani could bring this to the eyes of the reader after all these years is a gift for current and future scholars of the work of C.G. Jung. The beauty of the reproduction is breathtaking, and the translation is for me the key to access to Jung's writing. For the student of Jung, this is a gem, and is the start to yet another level of understanding of his, and our journey of individuation. Highly recommended.
Aleph2k More than 1 year ago
This book is a treasure for all interested in Carl Jung. The first half or so of the book is a life size or bigger copy of this prior secret thoughts and ruminations in an illuminated lettering style, thus this part of the book is in Swiss or German. The plates representing Jungs drawings and dream images are clear, detailed, exhibiting a robust color. The second half of the book (English) is descriptive with many writings of Jung that demonstrate the process he worked through while discovering and figuring just what were these inner voices such as anima , animus, shadow whickh led him to many of his theroies - personal , collective unconcious and Archetypes. The book provides further understanding of this great man who in my opinion is the most significant person to discover so much about how the human mind, soul and spirit work - while inspiring many self help and new age books. The only drawback is the cumbersome size but then you wouldn't get the great prints.
Jung-At-Heart More than 1 year ago
Unbelievable creation by Jung, and a wonderfully produced book, a must-have for anyone interested in the pysche and spirituality. However, B&N should enter Jungian analysis to discover why they are trying to weasel out of sending the second copy that I ordered on December 17th and still haven't received. Meanwhile, this book is available in two B&N stores near me. In fairness, they quickly shipped me a copy I ordered as a Christmas gift; I ordered it on December 11th and received it a few days later. The delay of this phantom second order may have something to do with the fact that by using online coupons I was able to order this book at an amazing discount. B&N's explanation is that their online ordering and their brick and mortar stores are two separate enterprises, which I interpret as legalistic twaddle. Methinks those who receive steep discounts are relegated to the Remaindered Customer table.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have bought several copies and given this book as a gift. Each person has been greatly surprised at the artwork here. It is amazing that Jung was such a great artist and the reproductions in the book are astonishing. The images are very powerful. The first part of the book is in German and beautiful copy of Jung's original Red Book. The second part is the translation in English. Jung takes you through this very personal journey into his shadow. The images are archetypal and have a lot of power. I did not realize this until reading the book and discovered how vivid my dreams became. The study of this book will take time is and quite a journey. A must read for anyone interested in self development!!!!!!!!!!!
Becky_Santa_Maria More than 1 year ago
All of us who love C.G.Jung's work, have heard of the tough time he went through around 1912-1913, and know that from that dark period emerged most of Jung's original ideas and theories. We knew that he spent that time in contact with his own unconscious, but we hadn't been able to see much of what he produced during that period. And now we have it all here, in this beautiful edition! Thanks to Sonu Shamdasani, Norton and Jung's heirs for making this possible!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the book everybody would like to have it in their library. Its marvellous illustrations can make anyone breathless. The organization - first the facsimile of Jung's work and then the translation - and the overall presentation are outstanding. The book is 40cm height and 30cm wide and may not fit in a smal bookshelf. Despite it took long time to arrive, it was delivered in a very good package.
Daddylawbucks More than 1 year ago
For a person with a passing interest in Jung, as opposed to a professional in psychology, The Red Book is a window into both Jung's thinking and his artistic expression. For those of us who don't read a word of German, the translation in the back opens the door to Jung's writing. The color plates are spectacular.
Santjes More than 1 year ago
The publication of this book provides many opportunities for re mem bering. Thank you.
MikhailTank More than 1 year ago
My dear friend Virginia advised me of the publication of Carl Jung's RED BOOK aka Liber Novus. This monstrous tome was in a European bank safe, until a recent publisher demonstrated enough willed interest to allow the late psychologist-genius's grandson to allow a reprint. The book was scanned microscopically and re-published by the Philemon Foundation, in association with W. W. Norton & Company. The original has been on display, here in Los Angeles at the Hammer Museum (UCLA) and will continue until June 6th. I had the honor to view the original (which is actually smaller in size) than the printed version and was touched by the humility with which Carl Jung opened his deepest mysterious of the collective unconscious with the Universe. There was also a limited deluxe edition (also in red leather) published by the Foundation, "bound in hand-tooled red leather like the original and in a fitted clamshell case. Only 199 numbered copies will ever be created of this magnificent book" - which is now sold out. For an official sample of the book, click here... For information about ordering the book from the publisher, click here: This is certainly a Magnum Opus and a collective book of Inspiration for true artists.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ordered this book almost two months ago and it still has not been shipped yet!
Enlight More than 1 year ago
Absolutely Stunning! It is the Grand Canyon of Books.
brittneydufrene on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I doubt I could do justice to this work in the way that a serious student of Jung's work could, but want to say it is magnificently produced, with Jung's original manuscript carefully reproduced, as well as an English translation and commentary providing historical and cultural context. The Red Book demonstrates, in magnificent, poetic words, and breathtaking, unforgettable imagery, nothing less than the Process of Self-transformation, of Individuation.
vpfluke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is quite a book that I was able to check out of the Levittown Library and able to peruse. This is a manuscript that Jung worked on from 1914 to 1930 setting down or, better yet, recreating his visions including much from his inner dream life. This facsimile is almost like a medieval manuscript with many hand drawings, beautiful in color. The first letter of each chapter is illustrated. The first letter D shows a vision of quite village sitting by a lake, somewhat dominated by a church with a steeple. The D itself is in red and sits on top of the water. In the lower left of the red an an urn with flames bursting upwards -- out of the flames is a long serpent with a crowned head. Although the sky within the D is in daylight cloudy day, the sky above the letter D is dark, suggesting night, with a crescent moon not too far away from the crown on the snake's head. A guiding star exists on the upper right. The lower part of the picture seems to depict the strange plants and animals that one might find on an ocean floor.I write this descirption to give you a sense of the first quarter of the first page of this book. The title in German for this beginning chapter is Der Weg des Komenden (The Way of What is to Come). But then there is a long quote from Isaiah (53:1-4) in Latin. And then Isaiah 9:6, John 1:14, Isaiah 35:1-8. On page two Jung starts his German text. Each sentence begins with a red letter and the whole volume is beautifully lettered.There are larger illustrations throughout the book covering most if not all the page, and they are a treat to look at and try to understand. They have a quality of the Mandala to them. There is some Greek in the volume, some pieces of dialogue, as well as poetry. This is a book, huge as it is, to savour
thatguynate on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A truly monumental release. Written by Jung over the course of over a decade, painstakingly rewritten and annotated and revised throughout some of his most personal and critical years, the Red Book presents the dreams, visions, reflections and experiences that helped form some of Jung's most important theories. A gigantic tome with expert introduction and commentary by a world renowned Jungian scholar, this book was long held out of the public eye as it is the most personal, piercing look into the mind and soul of one of the most influential psychologists of all time. Beautifully compiled into a folio sized, illuminated manuscript style, the text is accompanied by Jung's own artwork, as he believed that representing, reproducing and pondering the symbols of his visions was paramount to understanding them and becoming the most developed he could.Excellently translated and presented, this could well be one of if not the most influential books to be published in many, many years. A bit difficult to digest due to its complexity and the depth of the author's knowledge, the Red Book none the less is a critical work for anyone interested in understanding the depths of their mind, soul, and the collective psyche of humanity.
andrewcorser on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book to cherish and pore over and come back to again and again - the only problem is that it is so beautiful, you don't want to spoil it, and it is so physically substantial it needs a mediaeval lectern to read it on!The mandalas are lovely.Now to face the shadow!
VisibleGhost on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow! Just wow and wow again. Let me 'splain, Lucy. If you're looking for a book about Jung's life or his career, or his writing canon this isn't the book. It's a reproduction of his 'red book', a journal of words, calligraphy, illumination, and artwork, produced in the years 1914 to 1930. It weighs ten pounds, has a list price of $195.00 US, is huge, and about as portable as an iron lung. It's gorgeous though. It's akin to a middle ages 'book of hours'. The first half is a wonderful digitally accurate scan of the work. There's a video on YouTube on how the book was made. The second half is an English translation of the work. Jung never finished The Red Book and left ambiguous instructions in his will on what should happen to it. Luckily for us, it's made its way to bookstores.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BUYER BEWARE!!!! This is NOT a facsimile of The Red Book, it is merely a translation and analysis of the text. Despite the reviews, there are NO illustrations, and the one I received was a paperback. This one's going back. Very disappointed in B&N.
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NitaOH More than 1 year ago
I purchased this as a gift for a friend who is working on her certification as teacher of mandalas. She was thrilled and said that it's a gift for a lifetime. It was worth every penny!
Mimsy_Borogove More than 1 year ago
This facsimilie edition is a library copy of Jung's Red Book--it's large and it's heavy. It's also gorgeous. The drawings and the calligraphy and the illuminated letters are amazing--vibrant colors, beautiful penmanship, detailed, startling images . The Red Book provides a glimpse inside Jung's mind and makes him seem more human--and, therefore, more accessible--than the dry academic readings often assigned in college psychology classes do.
RHSTX More than 1 year ago
This is Jung's private 'book' never meant for publication. He kept it secret and shared it with only a few friends, yet, it occupied the most honored place in his library. It was prominently displayed, but no one could touch it! This book is the seed and root of everything Jung published over his entire life. Everything sprang from this one book. And, since it was private and only written for himself, it is very readable. He uses common language and leaves out practically all of the Greek and Latin that belabors his 'scientific' works. Also, this is the story of his dealings with the Western God. It was written before his forays into alchemy, and before he accumulated his vast knowledge of Eastern religions. The RED BOOK is Jung's journaled documentation of the psychic events in his life beginning around World War I. It contains about a decade of his earliest visions and works. This is the readers edition which contains only the English translation of this work without his added artistic paintings as illustrations or the original calligraphic German text. It is a very convenient size and feels like a bible in your hands. I think the publisher had this in mind, because, in a real sense, this is Jung's sacred book. The entire Red Book has already been published in its original large size containing very high quality photographic reproductions of the actual pages of the book and the English translation at the end. It is a very beautiful book. Jung's German calligraphy is beautiful, and his art work is stunning. It's pretty obvious that Jung could have been a major artist if he had wanted to follow that path. But this large book is very ungainly to read, and to be frank, I couldn't put a mark in it (And who can read Jung without annotating the book?). This smaller and much cheaper book fills an important gap. It is very convenient to read and I am marking and annotating mine to death. This is the ONE book that is an ABSOLUTE must for any Jungian fan!
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guitaoist3 More than 1 year ago
no one delved into their subconscious like jung, except perhaps nietzsche in Zarathustra. but this my friends is a must have.