Stewart Gabel Explores Jack London's Life in New Book
In "Jack London: A Man In Search Of Meaning: A Jungian Perspective" (published by AuthorHouse), author Stewart Gabel explores the application of Carl Jung's theories of analytical psychology, which emphasize the importance of seeking personal meaning in one's life, to the issue of meaning in Jack London's life and selected writings - specifically "Call of the Wild."
"London was dedicated to the betterment of his fellow man, while always seeming to have been tormented by the question of the meaning of life," says Gabel. "The unsatisfactory answers to this question that came to his consciousness were associated with alcoholism, depression, suicidal thoughts and great personal turmoil." In "Jack London: A Man In Search Of Meaning," Gabel theorizes that applying Jung's individuation process into London's conscious life may have made his life more satisfying and less tumultuous.
Gabel also traces the development of London's relationship to personal meaning on conscious and unconscious levels over the course of his life. Considering historical facts of London's life, their possible psychological significance and analytical interpretations of his life and selected writings, Gabel discusses the issue of personal meaning, as understood within the Jungian framework.
It is Gabel's hope that readers will take away a deeper understanding of London's life and writings and a greater understanding London's life journey from the perspective of Jungian psychology.
"Jack London: A Man In Search Of Meaning"
By Stewart Gabel
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 190 pages | ISBN 9781477283332
E-Book | 190 pages | ISBN 9781477283325
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