Iron John

Iron John

A Book About Men

Book - 1990
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Baker & Taylor
Explores the myths and cultural underpinnings of modern masculinity, revealing the nature of the male psyche and challenging men to reconnect with their lost emotional heritage

Perseus Publishing
In this timeless and deeply learned classic, poet and translator Robert Bly offers nothing less than a new vision of what it means to be a man.

Bly's vision is based on his ongoing work with men, as well as on reflections on his own life. He addresses the devastating effects of remote fathers and mourns the disappearance of male initiation rites in our culture. Finding rich meaning in ancient stories and legends, Bly uses the Grimm fairy tale "Iron John"in which a mentor or "Wild Man" guides a young man through eight stages of male growthto remind us of ways of knowing long forgotten, images of deep and vigorous masculinity centered in feeling and protective of the young.

At once down-to-earth and elevated, combining the grandeur of myth with the practical and often painful lessons of our own histories,Iron John is an astonishing work that will continue to guide and inspire menand womenfor years to come.

Publisher: Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley, 1990
ISBN: 9780201517200
Characteristics: xi, 268 p. ; 24 cm


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Dec 15, 2015

This is a great book for men. It helped me understand things that I've gone through in a more meaningful way.


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