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Wed Jun 30 17:38:44 MDT 2010

While writing her comprehensive biography, "Jung," Deirdre Bair discovered 
that the battles between Freudians and Jungians are as nothing compared with 
the internecine war raging in the Jung world: "In a field whose history is 
inflamed by the quasi-religious status of its pioneers, partisans have been 
vocal. . . . Anyone who undertakes to write about him is confronted by the 
many charges against him." Much ink has been spilled over Jung since his 
death in 1961; in "The Jung Cult" and "The Aryan Christ," for instance, 
Richard Noll characterized Jung as an ambitious charlatan who lifted his 
central insights from other scholars. For its part, the Jung family has 
maintained an iron grip on his archives, refusing access to many of his 
writings, and even those by long-deceased colleagues. Bair, the author of 
biographies of Samuel Beckett, Anaïs Nin and Simone de Beauvoir, 
circumnavigated most of the family's restrictions, noting only that she 
couldn't use any document "unless a member of the family has read it first," 
and that she had to know in advance which files she wanted to see, "because 
even the card catalog was tightly restricted."


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