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The Cry for Myth Hardcover – May 1, 1991
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- Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley P.L., Cal.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
- Item Weight : 1.25 pounds
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0393027686
- ISBN-13 : 978-0393027686
- Product Dimensions : 1.3 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : W W Norton & Co Inc; 1st Edition (May 1, 1991)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #745,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In chapter 1, when May quotes W.B Yeates--"Science is the critique of myth," I became hooked. For this quote and its timing in the text shows the recognition of genius. 99.99% of psychology may be utter garbage and 99.99% of all psychologists may very well be parasitic biomass, but here is the 0.01%. Rollo May seems to have transcended his profession.
In chapter 2, what did May's patient mean by "Satan was a Rebel for God"? Here May has a foot-note that Lucifer, the devil was apparently envious of Christ and that's what made him evil according to St. Thomas Aquinas.
From Chapter Eight, page 128: "THE GREAT GATSBY is Fitzgerald's spiritual autobiography. He uses the word 'forever' often in this book. Maxwell Perkins [his editor] wrote him, 'You are able with an occasional glance at the sky to impart a sense of eternity.'"
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I particularly enjoyed the chapters on Dante's Inferno and The Great Gatsby but it was with May's look at the myth of Faust through three sources - Marlowe, Goethe and Thomas Mann - that he brings the great myth of our times to life.
The final chapter on space flight and those first astounding images of the Earth from space back in the 1960s speculates on what our myths may be, may need to be, in the 21st century.