Stories We Need to Know: Reading Your Life Path in Literature

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Overview


A combination of therapy and expertise in literature, this book explains the six archetypes derived from 4,000 years of literature and how they may guide unhappy people seeking meaning in their lives. Holding up the great books as the best way to understand these timeless story elements, the discussion devotes a chapter to each of the six archetypes: the innocent, the orphan, the pilgrim, the warrior-lover, the monarch pair, and the magician. Story structures are shown to be particularly suited to therapy with adolescents, many of whom have never stepped away from television and the shopping mall long enough to understand their unmet spiritual needs.
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From the Publisher

"An astonishing synthesis of two diverse fields and an illuminating series of insights."  —Bob Atwan, editor, Best American Essays

"A brilliant taxonomy of humanity."  —Timothy Staveteig, publisher, Pilgrim Books

"Just as these are Stories We Need, Allan Hunter is an author we need."  —

Suzanne Strempek Shea, author, Becoming Finola

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844091232
  • Publisher: Findhorn Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author


Allan G. Hunter is a therapist and a professor of literature at Curry College in Massachusetts. He is the author of Joseph Conrad and the Ethics of Darwinism, Life Passages, and The Sanity Manual.
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