“You know that he didn’t like a doctrinaire approach to his work. He has been known to say that he was glad he wasn’t a “Jungian”. And so I think it half amused him to think that somebody working on the edition had a different background.” – William McGuire
William McGuire was born in Florida in 1917. He began his work with the Bollingen Foundation as a freelance editor in 1948. Later he became the managing editor of all of the Bollingen Series and Executive Editor of the Collected Works of C. G. Jung. He served as the editor of The Freud/Jung Letters, and of several volumes of Jung’s seminars as well. With R.F.C. Hull, he was co-editor of Jung Speaking, published by Princeton University Press. Here he gives a detailed personal sketch of the history of the Bollingen Foundation, and of the relationship of Jung to Mary and Paul Mellon, who made the work of the foundation possible.
He describes some of his own meetings with Jung and other people significant in events occurring in the formative years of Analytical Psychology. He is author of Bollingen, An Adventure in Collecting the Past, and Poetrys’ Catbird Seat. William McGuire died in September 2009.
This interview was conducted by Suzanne Wagner, Ph.D., a Jungian analyst practicing in Sausalito, California, and filmed in a residence in West Los Angeles, in March of 1982.
Producer: George Wagner – Director: Suzanne Wagner, Ph.D. – Editor/Line Producer: Tee Bosustow – Music: John Adams.