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Paulsen, L. (1984). Jaffé, A. (Ed.) Word and Image. Princeton University Press. 1979. Pp. 238.. J. Anal. Psychol., 29(2):202-203.

(1984). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 29(2):202-203

Jaffé, A. (Ed.) Word and Image. Princeton University Press. 1979. Pp. 238.

Review by:
Lola Paulsen

Word and Image is, like all Bollingen Publications, an immaculate and luxurious volume. It has been published in hard and paperback in equal (rather formidable) format. It contains the material which formed the 1975 memorial exhibition arranged at the Helmshause in Zürich, Basel and Bern to mark the centenary of Jung's birth (26th July). In a foreword Aniela Jaffe draws attention to the different requirements of an exhibition and a pictorial volume. Some material shown at the exhibition had to be replaced by different items.

The quotations that make up a good part of the text of this volume are taken chiefly from Jung's Memories, Dreams, Reflections; from letters, and from passages of the Collected Works. The book also contains a small number of texts which have not been published before. The texts as well as some reproductions of Jung's own impressive paintings of landscapes and pictorial ‘reflections’ from the unconscious make an accomplished document which will be gratefully received and valued by different people for different reasons—and not only ‘reasons’.

What one is looking for, finding or missing depends on such circumstances as, for instance, whether you have known Jung personally, whether his deep, guttural Swiss voice reproduces itself spontaneously in your mind and ear when you read certain passages; whether you remember Jung as middle-aged, old or very old. Or, on the other hand, whether you open this volume in order to get to know Jung more intimately, understand him more completely, having known him previously only through his Collected Works.

Having to review Words and Image I conscientiously went through its pages from cover to cover, which is in fact not the best way of appreciating it.

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