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Marie-Louise von Franz (1915–1998)

Author of The Interpretation of Fairy Tales

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About the Author

Marie-Louise von Franz worked closely with C.G. Jung from 1934 until his death in 1961. A founder of the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, she has lectured and published widely on various aspects of analytical psychology.

Works by Marie-Louise von Franz

The Grail Legend (1971) — Author — 288 copies
The Feminine in Fairy Tales (1993) 199 copies
Creation Myths (1989) 125 copies
Individuation in Fairy Tales (1977) 124 copies
On Dreams & Death (1984) 110 copies
The Way of the Dream (1988) 107 copies
Psychotherapy (1990) 61 copies
Aurora Consurgens (1966) 58 copies
Le fiabe del lieto fine (2004) 5 copies
Masallari Yorumlamak (2021) 3 copies
A Busca do Sentido (2018) 2 copies
Présence de Jung (2016) 1 copy
Női mesealakok (1992) 1 copy
Les rêves et la mort (2011) 1 copy
Il mondo dei sogni (2003) 1 copy
Alchemy 1 copy

Associated Works

Man and His Symbols (1964) — Contributor, some editions — 5,087 copies
Betwixt & Between: Patterns of Masculine and Feminine Initiation (1987) — Contributor, some editions — 61 copies
The Mother: Archetypal Image in Fairy Tales (1977) — Editor — 52 copies


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Common Knowledge

Other names
Franz, Marie-Louise Ida Margareta von
Date of death
Burial location
Friedhof Küsnacht Dorf, Küsnacht, Switzerland
Munich, German Empire
Place of death
Küsnacht, Switzerland
Places of residence
Zurich, Switzerland
Küsnacht, Switzerland
University of Zurich
Jung, Emma (co-author)
Jung, Carl (colleague)
Hannah, Barbara (partner)
C.G. Jung Institute of Zurich
Short biography
Marie-Louise von Franz was born in Munich, Germany, the daughter of Austrian parents. After World War I, the family moved to Switzerland. As teenagers, she and her elder sister lived in Zurich in order to attend a gymnasium (high school) there that specialized in languages and literature. In 1933, at age 18, she met Carl Jung and discussed psychology with him. It was a momentous occasion for her. That year, she began studies in classical philology and classical languages at the University of Zurich. She paid her way by giving private lessons in Latin and Greek to gymnasium and university students. She also took up the study of Jungian psychology. She attended Jung's lectures at the Swiss Federal Polytechnical School and his psychological seminars. In 1934 she started analytical training with the master. To pay for her training analysis, she translated Greek and Latin texts for him. Thus began a 30-year collaboration with Jung that lasted until his death in 1961. She contributed greatly to his major works, particularly his monumental studies on psychology and alchemy. From 1942, she practiced as a psychoanalyst, mainly in Küsnacht, Switzerland. She wrote more than 20 books on analytical psychology, most notably on fairy tales as archetypes, and became leading authority in the field. The first of these books, Problems of the Feminine in Fairytales, was published in 1972; it was followed by An Introduction to the Interpretation of Fairytales (1973), Shadow and Evil in Fairytales (1974) and several others that are still bestsellers in the psychology world. She also wrote about synchronicity, psyche and matter, and numbers, including the book Number and Time (1974). In 1948, she was a co-founder of the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich.
She helped complete and publish Emma Jung’s unfinished research after the latter's death. She also made a series of films in 1987 titled The Way of the Dream, along with her student Fraser Boa.



As it started out, this book was so interesting, however, it got more and more incomprehensible as it went on. Although a good introduction to a Jungian perspective of the fairy tale, it was full of concepts and language that were not for the begining jungian. I admit, i gave up a mere thirty pages before the end because all stories are the story of the self transforming, so going through different tales to review the role of the anima just got to be too much.
mslibrarynerd | 4 other reviews | Jan 13, 2024 |
A deep dive I couldn't get into.
kencf0618 | 3 other reviews | Oct 11, 2022 |
I purchased this book in the belief that it was a collection (presumably with some analysis) of creation myths from various cultures. It kind of contains some creation myths but the emphasis is very much on the Jungian interpretation of these myths and I must confess that I found it all so tedious that I have not bothered to finish reading the book. I was also greatly put-off when I read (on p91) "That there is a beautiful tale told by the Australian Aborigines which says that the bow and arrow were not man's invention, but an ancestor god turned himself into a bow and his wife became the bowstring.....". Well this might have been a beautiful story but the Australian Aboriginals did not develop or have the bow and arrow. This certainly throws a lot of doubt in my mind about the quality of the research and thinking in this book. It's not a book I would recommend ...nor do I want to waste my time finishing it. Hence my extremely low rating.… (more)
booktsunami | Oct 20, 2019 |

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