The Jung Society Library has been formed over several decades thanks to generous contributions of the members of Jung Society of Washington. It now contains more than 3000 books, including Carl G. Jung The Collected Works and classics of Jungian studies. It is a serious, scholarly collection with many rare and unusual items, but it also contains more general and popular works, as well as a fair amount of relevant cultural materials. Become a Member
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There is now an online catalogue so you can easily find and request a book you need. We are working on an automated check-out system to make it easy to keep track of books. Books may be borrowed for up to 30 days and renewed after that.
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We are also looking at some possible re-arrangements – you may see some changes over the summer.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When is the Jung Library open?
How can I contact a Librarian?
Email Ross Taylor, Librarian, at email@example.com
How long can I keep books?
One month. If you want to keep the books longer you need to contact our librarian.
Below are brief descriptions highlighting the variety of books in the collection. Reviewed by Ross Taylor.
Marion Woodman, The Pregnant Virgin: A process of psychological transformation.
Woodman, who died on July 9, 2018, was an Analytical Psychologist who focused both on the feminine perspective and gender at large. The Pregnant Virgin, from 1985, deals particularly with personal rebirth and rediscovery. Her image of the pregnant virgin is central to a discussion of an all-encompassing sense of self, with the "all" and the "self" balanced. Along the way she discusses conflict and conciliation, focused on the individual but taking into account cultural forces. Her writing is full of poetry quotes - from T. S. Elliot to Anne Sexton - and allusions to art and she is a considerable stylist herself.
C. G. Jung, et al, Man and His Symbols
Surely the best introduction to Jung’s work, this is also something of a landmark in American and British culture, having been published in English in 1964, just as the baby boom was starting to come of age. Jung wrote the important first section in English, completing it not long before his death in 1961. A masterful summary of his life’s work, he concludes looking forward with concern about the collective dissociation and alienation of the modern world. The book is also a good introduction to other prominent Analytical Psychologists who wrote the four other sections: Joseph Henderson on Ancient Myth and Modern Man; M. L. von Franz on Individuation; Aniela Jaffe on Symbolism in the Visual Arts; Jolande Jacobi on Symbols in an Individual Analysis; and a Conclusion by M. L. von Franz on Science and the Unconscious. It is very authoritative but written for non-specialists; it is also lavishly illustrated.
Reviewed by Ross Taylor, librarian
Carl Jung – The Red Book (Liber Novus)
This is surely the most prominent book in the Jung Society of Washington library. It is a facsimile edition brought out in 2009 by W. W. Norton of a book that Jung privately started compiling, largely in the years 1913-1917. This was immediately after Jung’s break with Freud (and also corresponded with much of WWI), and was a time of extreme mental turbulence for him. It records his thoughts, feelings and imaginings during that time. Reviewer Stephen Diamond writes “Rather than being defeated by it as are most, Jung stared psychosis in the face, unflinchingly confronted and explored what he found there, and ultimately came out the other side stronger, wiser, and more whole.” Jung himself said in 1957 "everything later was merely the outer classification, the scientific elaboration, and the integration into life. But the numinous beginning, which contained everything, was then." The book contains many of Jung’s own illustrations.
[Note: The Red Book may not be checked out.]
Knots, by R. D. Laing
Laing was an influential psychotherapist who, himself influenced by anthropologists like Gregory Bateson, took a social view of mental illness. However, he may be best remembered for a book of poems he wrote - Knots. Most of the poems are short dialogs emphasizing the ironies and paradoxes of traditional western gender roles. Some of the poems are close to being jokes, often very funny, but they have the bite of complicated social realities. At heart the book always has compassion for the difficulty of being human.
C. S. Lewis – The Screwtape Letters
Lewis, who also wrote scholarly works about Christianity, is most well known for his fantasies, The Chronicles of Narnia. However, in the Screwtape Letters he takes a more sardonic and humorous tone, with two devils discussing how to undermine morals (and in the process, darkly outlining true virtue). Despite its discursive nature, it tells a story about a recognizable Blitz London and contains wonderful imagination – at one point one of the devils gets so angry he involuntarily turns into a centipede. Lewis said he didn’t like writing it, that the constant irony and sarcasm were “hard work.” Written during the darkest days of WWII in 1941, it may confront pain more realistically than some of his other fantasies.