Man’s Search for Meaning

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With a new Foreword by Harold S. Kushner
and a new Biographical Afterword by William J. Winslade

Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl&aposs memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, at the same time as his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot keep away from suffering but we will be able to make a selection how to deal with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl&aposs theory-referred to as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos (“meaning”)-holds that our primary drive in life isn&apost pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.

At the time of Frankl&aposs death in 1997, Man&aposs Search for Meaning had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey for the Library of Congress that asked readers to name a “book that made a difference in your life” found Man&aposs Search for Meaning a number of the ten most influential books in The us.

Beacon Press, the original English-language publisher of Man&aposs Search for Meaning, is issuing this new paperback edition with a new Foreword, biographical Afterword, jacket, price, and classroom materials to succeed in new generations of readers.