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The Life and Ideas of James Hillman: Volume I: 1 Paperback – 20 Nov 2014

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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (20 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1629144819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1629144818
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.8 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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The life and times of the world's foremost post-Jungian thinker, and best-selling author of The Soul's Code. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Dick Russell has written for such varied publications as "Time," "Sports Illustrated," and the "Village Voice." His books include "The Man Who Knew Too Much," "Black Genius," and "On the Trail of the JFK Assassins," as well as the "New York Times" bestsellers "American Conspiracies," "63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read," and "They Killed Our President" (all three with Jesse Ventura). Sonu Shamdasani is a Jung scholar, who is also an author and professor at the University College of London. He is best known for assembling "The Red Book," authoring "C. G. Jung: A Biography in Books," and his work on the history of psychology.

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Join Dick Russell as he tells the first half of the story of James Hillman, a man hell bent on restoring soul's rightful place in our lives, the world... oh, and the therapy rooms of post-Jungian psychology. Through a careful mix of historical sources, letters, books, and interviews with Hillman and his friends and family, the remarkable story of this remarkable writer slowly unfolds.

As we might expect from the biography of the man who encouraged us to read our own lives backwards (in his 1996 book "The Soul's Code"), Hillman and his biographer interpret this story of a life in the terms of the soul-making world view that emerges from it. We see key moments in Hillman's life and how they influenced Hillman's thinking and awakened him to his daemon's hand. It's theory bought to life by the story of a life.

The book covers the first half of Hillman's life from its ancestral beginnings in 1926 to his departure from Zurich in 1967 under a cloud but not in one. This gives its subject time to grow down [sic!] in the boardwalk empire of Atlantic city, serve in the army, stumble around the world, land in Zurich and train as a Jungian analyst, write some books and give some lectures that upset the old guard, get himself in trouble, and emerge with the foundations of an archetypal psychology, his calling, tantalising in place but not yet fully realised.

Whether psychologist, Hillmaniac, myth maker, soul seeker, or just lover of a good story, there's something for you in this tale of a life well told. I expect you'll have trouble putting it down, as I did, and will join me in urging its author to hurry up with the sequel!

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PS: Given the subject's love of the aesthetic, I find it ironic that the physical object of this book [US first edition] is so ugly: Commercially set for maximum page count and printed on nasty paper (with no acid-free assertion), compare it to the beautiful Hillman Uniform Edition... and weep.
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Fascinating biography - good read - arrived well packed for a big hardback. Good service.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning: may contain soul making! 23 Jun. 2013
By Peter FYFE - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Join Dick Russell as he tells the first half of the story of James Hillman, a man hell bent on restoring soul's rightful place in our lives, the world... oh, and the therapy rooms of post-Jungian psychology. Through a careful mix of historical sources, letters, books, and interviews with Hillman and his friends and family, the remarkable story of this remarkable writer slowly unfolds.

As we might expect from the biography of the man who encouraged us to read our own lives backwards (in his 1996 book "The Soul's Code"), Hillman and his biographer interpret this story of a life in the terms of the soul-making world view that emerges from it. We see key moments in Hillman's life and how they influenced Hillman's thinking and awakened him to his daemon's hand. It's theory bought to life by the story of a life.

The book covers the first half of Hillman's life from its ancestral beginnings in 1926 to his departure from Zurich in 1967 under a cloud but not in one. This gives its subject time to grow down [sic!] in the boardwalk empire of Atlantic city, serve in the army, stumble around the world, land in Zurich and train as a Jungian analyst, write some books and give some lectures that upset the old guard, get himself in trouble, and emerge with the foundations of an archetypal psychology, his calling, tantalisingly in place but not yet fully realised.

Whether psychologist, Hillmaniac, myth maker, soul seeker, or just lover of a good story, there's something for you in this tale of a life well told. I expect you'll have trouble putting it down, as I did, and will join me in urging its author to hurry up with the sequel!

---
PS: Given the subject's love of the aesthetic, I find it ironic that the physical object of this book is so ugly: Commercially set for maximum page count and printed on nasty paper (with no acid-free assertion), compare it to the beautiful Hillman Uniform Edition... and weep.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you ever wanted to know About James Hillman! 1 May 2014
By readernyc - Published on Amazon.com
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Jim was the least autobiographical of writers speakers and even friends. I LOVED this book because it filled in all the blanks with such stunning images and stories, I almost wished JH was alive when this came out, though clearly that was not his aim.

Maybe you had to be a real Hillmaniac to find every page so satisfying and edifying. I knew JH for many decades but there was so much here that we rarely discussed except in a round-about way and for that I am sad. Because?

Because we had so much more in common than we ever uncovered and because he was even greater than I knew--working for the blind in the army, living in a sanitarium when he developed TB, reading "The Magic Mountain", living in Paris post-war, his long first marriage, the way he was so vilified by the CJ Jung analysts and on and on. How much did I love this book?

I listened to it three times on audible.com; read it online via computer and finally bought a copy of the book by which time, I had more than not, memorized it.

We spend many hours together and he did appreciate our friendship but we never discussed so much of his childhood which bizarrely was uncannily not unlike mine. I miss JH all the time but this book was just great and so a little more of him lives us for we who miss him so. W. Orange
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "the Gods and dancers will not stand still." 24 Aug. 2013
By Marilyn DeMario - Published on Amazon.com
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The question was whether or not Dick Russell would be able to keep his eye on the ball throughout these 650 pages tracing just the first part of the life of such an extraordinarily complex character, who lived an international life, recognized and struggled with archetypal presences, was an imaginative adventurer, and wrote prolifically, not only for publication, but also in personal correspondence. The answer is that indeed he has. As neither a Jungian nor even a psychologist (although he may,by now, be a "Hillmaniac"), Russell explains Hillman in such a way that those of us who believe we have been deeply changed by Hillman's writings,now realize we need to re-read and read all that we can of this thinker who brought mythic imagination to life. Most impressive is the way in which, through quotation and paraphrase, Russell illuminates Hillman's own voice.
4.0 out of 5 stars He was always "fully present" and a great inspiration. Even today I can remember sitting in ... 24 Jun. 2016
By John Wood - Published on Amazon.com
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I first saw James Hillman speak in 1980. For years, I've read his books with enthusiasm. In 1982-83, I had the opportunity to go to Dallas and be in Jungian Analysis with him. It was a transformative experience. He was always "fully present" and a great inspiration. Even today I can remember sitting in the amazing "blue room" in his house in the old section of Dallas talking with this brilliant man. I've enjoyed Dick Russell's Volume I. It paints a god picture about how Hillman got to be Hillman. I can heartily endorse it. It covers Hillman/s life from 1926 though 1969. I'm waiting. wth enthusiasm, for Volume II.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read of a very full and meaningful life 15 Mar. 2015
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Russell finish the 2nd volume....pls.. was pleasantly surprised at how well it was done. Spent a week with James in 1989 and found him to be a real gentleman who had just taken up tap dancing. I don't think there was anything he couldn't write about. He had a childlike awe around him at times that made him endearing to those lucky enough to spend time with him..he was warm and had friends everywhere. I had just come from St Barts after spending two weeks with Pan and all he contained when I learned James was speaking at Columbia the next day. So I went and at break we talked about his and my experiences with this threshold archetype of instinct and imagination while walking around campus. Now being with Hillman does have a magical quality to it as we walked right up to this very large statue of Pan catching us both flat footed in our tracks. He turned to me and smiled...."be careful"...then we both became very quiet. A Extraordinary man of the world and it's soul...
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