Iron John: A Book About Men
By: Robert Bly
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 men-and women- for years to come.
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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 pioneering 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 the young male through eight stages of growth, to remind the reader of long-forgotten images of deep and vigorous masculinity, with particular care for the young male’s soul.
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1About the Author:
Robert Bly lives on a farm in his native state of Minnesota. He edited The Seventies magazine, which he founded as The Fifties and in the next decade called The Sixties. In 1966, with David Ray, he organized American Writers Against the Vietnam War. The Light Around the Body, which won the National Book Award in 1968, was strongly critical of the war in Vietnam and of American foreign policy. Since publication of Iron John: A Book About Men (1990), a response to the women's movement, Bly has been immensely popular, appearing on talk shows and advising men to retrieve their primitive masculinity through wildness. Bly is also a translator of Scandinavian literature, such as Twenty Poems of Tomas Transtromer. Through the Sixties Press and the Seventies Press, he introduced little-known European and South American poets to American readers.Product Dimensions:
5.5 x 0.9 x 8.25 inchesPages: