The Red Book
by Amie Tullius
Carl Jung’s illustrated private journal is a treat for the eyes as well as for the mind.
Last year a large red leather book was pulled from a Zurich bank vault, meticulously reproduced, and tentatively unleashed into the world after being hidden for nearly 50 years. The book—called simply The Red Book—is the highly personal work of visionary Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung. It was a work of key importance to Jung, in which he went from maverick scientist to full-blown mystic. Its publication grants us access to the imaginative realm of Jung’s spirituality, his artwork and his psychological process. The Red Book also offers an alluring possibility: that getting a glimpse at Jung’s inner workings might offer the chance to follow him on his extraordinary path.