“In 1933 Reich first published, in German, Charakteranalyse. A second, English, edition (1945) went further, adding the inevitable leap from depth psychology to biology predicted by Freud.
This third, enlarged edition includes all the previously published material as well as a new section expounding Reich’s later discoveries. It reveals how his study of character led to a comprehension of the biological basis of neuroses and finally to the discovery of the cosmic orgone energy. Thus, character analysis is taken out of the realm of psychology and put on the firm basis of natural science, in the form of orgone biophysics.” — back cover
“This anthology is not intended to replace any of the works of Wilhelm Reich, but rather to serve as an introduction to them. The chapters include material from The Function of the the Orgasm; The Cancer Biopathy; Character Analysis; Ether, God and Devil; Cosmic Superimposition and The Murder of Christ. In addition the volume reprints many important later articles from various journals.” — back cover
“Listen, Little Man! tells of the inner storms and conflicts of a scientist and physician who watched, over decades, first naïvely, then with amazement and finally with horror, what the Little Man does to himself; how he suffers and rebels, how he esteems his enemies and murders his friends; how, wherever he gains power as a ‘representative of the people,’ he misuses that power and makes it into something more cruel than the power which previously he had to suffer at the hands of individual sadists of the upper classes.” — back cover
“Sexuality vs. Society
Reich’s theory of orgone energy—that total mental and physical health is impossible in the absence of complete sexual gratification—is perhaps the most radical, most widely acclaimed theory of contemporary psychology.
In THe Sexual Revolution, Freud’s most controversial disciple shows that orgone energy cannot be suppressed without permanent damage to the social structure. And that only when the genital rights of adults and adolescents are protected by law will there be no need for external regulation of the individual, for, indeed, one who is biologically satisfied has no impulses which call for moral inhibition.” — front matter
“His books and papers were being burned by order of a United States court. he was in a federal penitentiary, in disgrace, his sanity questioned. Seminal works such as Character Analysis, The Mass Psychology of Fascism, The Murder of Christ, were being obliterated by the government of the United States. Yet it was Wilhelm Reich’s faith that history would justify him, that his cause would prevail.
Now Reich’s central ideas: the need of individual freedom and autonomy and the the elimination of psychic ‘armor’—cramped, self-limiting defences against human contact—and the identification of social and political forces as either life-serving or destructive of life, are being discovered by a generation which questions the conventional wisdom it has been handed. Wilhelm Reich has become an important source of ideas for young radicals and his books have been re-issued and are widely read. Ilse Ollendorff Reich has now set down the moving story of her late husband’s life and work, his torments and his triumphs, his theories and the controversies that surrounded them. Her book will inspire and enlighten a world that is only now discovering its indebtedness to Reich.” — back cover
Wilhelm Reich and Orgonomy: The controversial theory of life energy by Ola Raknes, foreword by Elsworth F Baker, cover by Walter Brooks, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.
“Here is an authoritative introduction to Wilhelm Reich’s science of life energy, or orgonomy. Ola Raknes covers every aspect of this controversial subject, explaining among much else the liberation of sexual energy, the nature of functional thinking, mind-body functional identity, the four-beat orgasm formula, and the bearing of life energy on religion, education, medicine, and psychology. In addition, his own reminiscences provide an unexpected personal dimension. … At the time of Reich’s death in a federal penitentiary, Raknes was one of the few men still loyal to him and one of the few to enjoy his full confidence. Because Raknes worked so closely with Reich and later followed every development of orgonomic research, Wilhelm Reich and Orgonomy fills an important place both in the context of Reich’s own writings and in current studies of life energy.” — back cover