Old Age: Journey into Simplicity
Quick now, here, now, always—
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
—T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding
In this classic text on aging wisely, the renowned Jungian analyst Helen M. Luke reflects on the final journeys described in Homer’s Odyssey, Shakespeare’s King Lear, and T.S. Eliot’s Little Gidding, as well as devoting attention to suffering.
In examining some of the great masterpieces of literature produced by writers at the end of their lives, she elucidates the difference between growing old and disintegrating, encouraging the reader to grow emotionally and mentally during the culminating stage of life.
- Foreword by Thomas Moore
- Introduction by Barbara A. Mowat
- The Odyssey
- King Lear
- The Tempest
- Little Gidding
About the Author
Helen M. Luke (1904-1995) was born in England. In midlife, she studied at the Jung Institute in Zurich, then moved to the U.S. and established an analytical practice with Robert Johnson in Los Angeles. In 1962, she founded the Apple Farm Community in Three Rivers, Michigan, “a center for people seeking to discover and appropriate the transforming power of symbols in their lives.” In her later years, Helen Luke was the model wise woman for many people. Her final book, Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made on, a memoir and excerpts from her fifty-four volumes of journals, was published posthumously. Her books include The Laughter at the Heart of Things, a collection of essays, and The Way of Woman: Awakening the Perennial Feminine.