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Robinson, G. (1983). McGuire, W. Bollingen: an Adventure in Collecting the Past. Princeton University Press, 1982. Pp. xxii + 361. $18.50. £13.90.. J. Anal. Psychol., 28(2):192-193.
(1983). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 28(2):192-193
McGuire, W. Bollingen: an Adventure in Collecting the Past. Princeton University Press, 1982. Pp. xxii + 361. $18.50. £13.90.
Review by: George Robinson
Edited by: Corinna Peterson
In the autumn of 1937, while he was in the United States giving the fifteenth series of the Terry Lectures (on ‘Religion in the Light of Science and Philosophy’) at Yale University, Jung met Paul and Mary Mellon, a wealthy and vivacious young couple whose enthusiasm and generosity over the next three decades this book chronicles. The Mellons had been in analysis with Ann Moyer van Waveren for three years, and it was through her that they had attended the ‘Dream Seminars’ in New York and met Jung at a supper party afterwards.
Mary Mellon, a bright and vivid young woman who had already by that time passed through an unsuccessful earlier marriage, was for many years bedevilled by devastating attacks of asthma, and quickly caught fire at Jung's personality. During 1938 and 1939 she and Paul Mellon went to Zürich, attended some of Jung's seminars at the Psychological Club and the Eidgenössisches Technische Hochschule, and laid the foundations of a long and intimate involvement with analytical psychology and some of its pioneers: Emma Jung, Toni Wolff, Mary Foote, Cary Baynes, Hans Baumann, Eugene Henley, Marie-Louise von Franz, et al. This initial élan was concretised and harnessed, in the beginning, by the Mellons' support for Olga Froebe-Kaptyn's Eranos centre, and lectures at Ascona, and, in the late Thirties, they gave her a substantial amount of money to assemble and mount an exhibition of photographs on the theme of the great mother, pictures which eventually became the basis of Erich Neumann's book of that title.
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