Love's Story Told : A Life of Henry A. Murray
Searching out the private man as well as the public figure, this elegantly written biography follows Henry Murray through his discoveries and triumphs as a pioneer in the field of clinical psychology, as a co-founder of Harvard's Psychological Clinic, the co-inventor of the Thematic Apperception Test, and a biographer of Herman Melville. Murray's fascination with Melville's troubled genius, his wartime experiences in the O.S.S., and his close friendships with Lewis Mumford and Conrad Aiken all come to the fore in this masterly reconstruction of a life. And always, at the heart of this story, Robinson finds Murray's highly erotic and mystical relationship with Christiana Morgan. Love's Story Told penetrates to the heart of a brilliant figure in American intellectual life at mid-century, as he dives deeply into the unconscious, testing in work and love the limits of self-exploration.
- Hardback | 480 pages
- 156 x 235 x 36.58mm | 862g
- 01 Sep 1992
- Harvard University Press
- Cambridge, Mass, United States
- 26 halftones
Back cover copy
'Every man knows something about himself that he's willing to tell, and something about himself that he's not willing to tell. There's always something about himself that he doesn't know and can't tell.' These words, coming from one of America's most important psychologists, have the ring of authority. Yet they resonate as well with a private truth--what Murray himself was unwilling or unable to tell. 'Love's Story Told' penetrates to the heart of a brilliant, charismatic figure in American intellectual life at mid-century, as he dives deeply into the unconscious, testing in work and love the limits of self-exploration.
Table of contents
Loomings Call Me Harry Harry Just Emerging from His Teens Misgivings and Preparatives From My Twenty-Fifth Year I Date My Life He Crosses the Rubicon Mardi Behind, an Ocean Before No Return through Me The Pequod Meets the Rachel Chronometricals and Horologicals I Will Gospelize the World Anew The Oozy Weeds about Me Twist The Case of Murr Notes Index
Love's Story Told is a remarkable biography, with a startling tale to tell about the man who is its subject, the woman he loved, and the literary and psychological myths that dominated their lives. -- Alfred Kazin * New York Review of Books * A provocative, beautifully written, 'gloves off' examination of connections between the man, his work, and his loves. I found the book profoundly engaging, forcing me to reexamine what I previously knew about the man and his work. -- William McKinley Runyan * Contemporary Psychology * This fascinating book combines an astute appraisal of the public career of one of America's leading psychologists with a sensitive interpretation of his most private inner life. Beautifully written, psychoanalytically informed without ever being reductionist, Love's Story Told is one of the best biographies I have read in years. -- David Herbert Donald, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe This biography does what all good intellectual history should do-bring to life a whole milieu. It is even more absorbing as the story of a highly intelligent man who constructed a personal mythology to justify his own selfish needs. -- Phyllis Grosskurth, author of Melanie Klein: Her World and Her Work Marshaling a mass of biographical information, Robinson's narrative fuses the public and the intimate, the scientific and the Dionysian, the biographer's quest for Henry A. Murray with Murray's own self-searching quest for Herman Melville. A splendid biography of a remarkably bold and versatile explorer of the human psyche. -- Justin Kaplan, Pulitzer Prize-winning editor of Mark Twain: A Profile
About Forrest G. Robinson
Forrest G. Robinson is Professor of American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.