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Originally published in 1966 and now recognized as a classic, Norman O. Brown's meditation on the condition of humanity and its long fall from the grace of a natural, instinctual innocence is available once more for a new generation of readers. Love's Body is a continuation of the explorations begun in Brown's famous Life Against Death. Rounding out the trilogy is Brown's brilliant Apocalypse and/or Metamorphosis.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520071063
ISBN-10: 0520071069
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 19mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 12-Sep-1990
Country of Publication: United States

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US Kirkus Review » Professor Brown's book, like its predecessor Life Against Death, represents an attempt to formulate, from Freudian concepts, a comprehensive view of human history. From the perspective of Freud's writings, the author analyzes what he conceives of as the major problems of human existence: liberty, nature, unity, the person, revolution, freedom, etc. But, to paraphrase Brown paraphrasing Euripides, the demonic is polymorphous: the gods decree many surprises; expectations are not realized. Dr. Brown's problem is not with his writing: he writes well, sometimes superbly. His difficulty is that he gives the reader the feeling that there is a thesis to be proved, and, come what may, it is going to be proved regardless of the evidence. In attempting to establish his psycho-historical weltanschauung, he resists too little the temptation to emphasize those similarities, sometimes only apparent, between Freud's thought and that of the various philosophers, historians, and theologians whom he cites; and consequently he de-emphasizes, to everyone's disadvantage, the really significant dis-similiarities. The result is, as the author intends, a comprehensive view of human history: unfortunately, however, like the demonstrations of religious dogmas, it is a view to which only the true believer will subscribe. The work, therefore, despite Brown's immense erudition and rhetorical brilliance, is a failure. But even as a failure, it may be recommended to the literate reader as a splendidly conceived intellectual gymnastic. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Norman O. Brown

Norman O. Brown (1913-2002) was Professor of Humanities, Emeritus, at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and author of Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytical Meaning of History.

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