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Reading The Red Book
An Interpretive Guide to C.G. Jung's Liber Novus

by Sanford L. Drob

ISBN: 978-1-935528-37-1
342 pp.

The long-awaited publication of C.G. Jung’s Red Book in October, 2009 was a signal event in the history of analytical psychology. Hailed as the most important work in Jung’s entire corpus, it is as enigmatic as it is profound. Reading The Red Book by Sanford L. Drob provides a clear and comprehensive guide to The Red Book’s narrative and thematic content, and details The Red Book’s significance, not only for psychology but for the history of ideas.

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Praise for Reading The Red Book
"Drob writes with the heart of a spiritual seeker and the mind and eye of a scholar... Reading The Red Book, along with his earlier work, has established him as an important and unique voice in Jungian scholarship."
Stanton Marlan, Ph.D., ABPP, President of the Pittsburgh Society of Jungian Analysts, and author of The Black Sun: The Alchemy and Art of Darkness
"Sanford Drob has provided us with an indispensable guide to the structure and function, the purpose and meaning of Jung's hidden masterpiece: this lucid commentary will surely establish itself as the inevitable starting-point of Red Book interpretation for many years to come."
Paul Bishop, Ph.D., Professor, University of Glasgow, and author of Reading Goethe at Midlife
"An outstanding map to guide the reader through the labyrinth of associations, images, and thoughts contained in Jung's Red Book. Drob locates its innumerable themes within an historical context of classical, modern, and postmodern philosophy, connects Jung's ideas with his later works, and elucidates Jung's unique contribution to Western thought. Reading The Red Book is a work of exploration that serves as a companion to any reader who wishes to fathom the secrets of Jung's most enigmatic work."
John Hill, M.A., Senior Jungian Training Analyst, Zürich, and author of At Home in the World: Sounds and Symmetries of Belonging
"In this essential companion to Jung's Red Book, Drob tracks the path of Jung's psychological wrestlings, placing those struggles within the broader tradition of philosophical, theological, and mystical thought. In this way the reader is privileged access to witness not only the astonishing raw, bloody, personal birthing of Jung's ideas—but then also to be led into more tranquil areas for reflection. Drob's comments as well as thematic groupings aid one in imagining those squirming offspring into realms with implications both practical as well as ideological. This book is clear, intelligent and helpful—truly a must read for those who dare cross the Red Book portal."
Pat Berry, Ph.D., President, Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, and author of Echo's Subtle Body: Contributions to an Archetypal Psychology
"...a much needed antidote to the perilous times in which we live where our political, economic, educational and environmental practices are in dire need of the soul's perspective."
Robert D. Romanyshyn, Professor, Pacifica Graduate Institute, and creator of the multi-media DVD, Antarctica: Inner Journeys in the Outer World
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1: Jung's Prologue: Inspiration and Knowledge from the "Depths"
The Red Book: Liber Primus, Prologue
Chapter 2: The Search for the Soul
The Red Book: Liber Primus, Chapters I-VII
Chapter 3: Of Gods, Heroes and Prophets
The Red Book: Liber Primus, Chapters VIII-XI
Chapter 4: Soul-Making Encounters
The Red Book: Liber Secundus, Chapters I-VII
Chapter 5: The Healing of Izdubar
The Red Book: Liber Secundus, Chapters VIII-XI
Chapter 6: The Descent Into Hell
The Red Book: Liber Secundus, Chapters XII-XIII
Chapter 7: The Library, the Kitchen, and the Madhouse
The Red Book: Liber Secundus, Chapters XIV-XVIII
Chapter 8: Magic, Symbols and the Critique of Reason
The Red Book: Liber Secundus, Chapters XX-XXI
Chapter 9: Philosophical and Theological Reflections
The Red Book: Liber Secundus, Chapter XXI, cont.
Chapter 10: I, Self, Prophet, Soul and God
The Red Book: Scrutinies
Chapter 11: The Seven Sermons to the Dead
The Red Book: Scrutinies, cont.
Chapter 12: Final Encounters and Reflections
The Red Book: Scrutinies, cont.
Chapter 13: The Red Book and Contemporary Psychology
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About the Author:
Sanford L. Drob, Ph.D., is a member of the Core Faculty in Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. Dr. Drob holds doctorates in both philosophy and clinical psychology and for many years served as the Director of Psychological Assessment at Bellevue Hospital in New York. He has a longstanding interest in the interface between mysticism, philosophy, and psychology and is the author of several books on Jewish mysticism, the most recent of which are Kabbalah and Postmodernism: A Dialog and Kabbalistic Visions: C.G. Jung and Jewish Mysticism.