Black Ship to Hell

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Pickle Partners Publishing, Jun 28, 2017 - Psychology - 491 pages
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Is modern man threatening to destroy his world? First published in 1962, this book, which analyzes the origins, history, and manifestations of the destructive impulse that exists in human beings, has relevance and interest for all of us. The author sees this impulse as primarily one of self-destruction deflected outward, and her brilliant exploration of its multiple effects takes her and the reader into regions of complex fascination.

In ranging the fields of art, science, and morality for evidence to support her contentions, Miss Brophy not only reveals herself as a writer of immense cultivation and power, but also as a provocative thinker. Her basic conclusion—that the philosopher, the teacher, the psychologist, and the artist, among others, in order to be productive or even operative, must acknowledge and allow for the instinctual sources of behavior, which Freud so daringly illuminated and documented—is expressed in lively, passionate prose.

This is a highly controversial book that will undoubtedly rouse storms of argument, for the issues, like the outcome, are of the deepest concern to us all. Miss Brophy’s opponents, if they are to make themselves heard, must at least match her in intellectual caliber and cultural equipment.
 

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Contents

the one which pretends and the one which pretends and works 149
THE EMANCIPATION OF REASON 160
Men and Man 161
The Benefits of Comparison 166
The Comparison with Antiquity 169
The new Catholicism 172
The Normative Age 175
The Gigantic Repression 180

The Group and the Revolutionary Poet 46
Our Hostility to Culture 53
The Pendulum 56
The Beloved Enemy 58
Father Into Enemy 61
The Stranger 64
The Lottery 67
The Sparagmos with a nonpsychological Note on Beans
The Unheavenly Father 77
It IS Beethoven83
MORALITY FOR TODAY 86
Simple 89
and Complex 93
Facts of Life and Facts of Death with a Note on The Greek Myths 96
CounterFreudianism 98
Psychoanalysis and Morals 102
Psychoanalysis and Evolution 105
The Risk Life Has Taken 108
Evolution and Morals 111
Psychoanalysis and Intelligence with a Note on Tests 114
Psychology versus Mechanics 116
Our Religious Revival 118
The Absolute Immorality of Religion 120
Classical Education 125
Religious Education 127
Keeping Tinker Bell Alive 129
The Religion of Lucretius 131
Genesis and Exodus 134
Art and Religion 145
The Eruption 185
The Age of Eros 191
From Reaction to Reaction 207
Disenlightenment 214
Gothick Gothic and Vandal 220
Spleen et Idéal 225
The Renaissance of Psychology 226
Psychology Implicit 231
The World in Search of Psychology 234
St George Into Dragon 237
LApprenti Sorcier 241
TO HELL 245
Logic the Egos Lieutenant 252
The Final Emancipation 256
Man and Subman 258
A good word for Aristotle 261
Since By Man Came Death 265
LAmour and La Mort 271
Expulsion 274
Death And The Maiden 277
Gynaecocracy and other myths 284
The Sacramental Journey 297
Hell2 307
The Perpetual CinemaShow 315
Psychoanalysis as naïveté 321
Eros In Person 323
BOOKS CITED 331
REQUEST FROM THE PUBLISHER 342
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Brigid Antonia Brophy, Lady Levey (12 June 1929 - 7 August 1995) was a British novelist, critic and campaigner for social reforms, including the rights of authors and animal rights.

Born in Ealing, West London, she was the only child of the novelist John Brophy and Charis Brophy (née Grundy), who was a teacher. During World War II she attended The Abbey School in Reading and St Paul’s Girls’ School in London. In 1947 she went on a scholarship to Oxford University (St Hugh’s College), but left in 1948 without a degree.

In 1953, when she was 25, her book of short stories The Crown Princess was published. It was followed in the same year by her first novel, Hackenfeller’s Ape.

In 1954 she married art historian Michael Levey. The couple had one daughter.

As well as a number of fiction novels, Brophy also wrote several non-fiction books and essays, including Mozart the Dramatist (1964) and (with her husband and Charles Osborne) Fifty Works of English Literature We Could Do Without (1967). Her detailed study of Ronald Firbank, Prancing Novelist: A Defence of Fiction in the Form of a Critical Biography in Praise of Ronald Firbank, appeared in 1973.

She was a campaigner for several reforms. With Maureen Duffy she fought between 1972 and 1982 for authors’ Public Lending Right. She was one of the signers of the Humanist Manifesto and became president of the National Anti-Vivisection Society. In her book Baroque ‘n’ Roll (1987) she wrote about her struggle with multiple sclerosis (of which she knew the first symptoms in 1981), her bisexuality and the causes that she supported.

From 1987 her husband looked after her during her illness. She died on 7 August 1995, at Louth in Lincolnshire.

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