At the centre and source of Murray's well-known work on personality was his tumultuous affair with Christiana Morgan, a young protege of Carl Jung. Forrest Robinson at last tells the story of how this liaison, conducted in secret over 40 years, everywhere energized and informed Murray's public career. Searching out the private man as well as the public figure, this biography follows Murray through his discoveries and triumphs as a pioneer in the field of clinical psychology, a co-founder of Harvard's Psychological Clinic, a co-inventor with Christiana Morgan 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 friendship with Lewis Mumford and Conrad Aiken all come to the fore in this reconstruction of a life, the distillation of hundreds of interviews and extensive personal and archival records. And always, at the heart of this story, Robinson finds Murray's highly erotic and mystical relationship with Christiana, an affair at once life-affirming and tragic, fraught with contradictions and dissonances that Murray himself never fully grasped.
By exploring these hidden places in the psyche, Robinson completes the complex picture that this prominent man presented to the public.
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Author Biography - Forrest G. Robinson
Forrest G. Robinson is Professor of American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.