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The Denial of Death


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Ernest Becker tackles our relationship to mortality and searches for alternative ways to live.

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Ernest Becker taught at Simon Fraser University in Canada. His work drew on that of Kierkegaard, Freud, Wilhelm Reich and Otto Rank. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1974 for The Denial of Death.


An original, creative contribution to a synthesis of this generation's extensive explorations in psychology and theology. * Boston Herald *
One of those rare masterpieces that will stimulate your thoughts, your intellectual curiosity, and last but not least, your soul. * Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, author, On Death and Dying *
A brave work of electrifying intelligence and passion, optimistic and revolutionary, destined to endure. * New York Times Book Review *
Concerns the 'universality of the fear of death'... Its approach is more philosophical than psychologically or medically empirical. -- Theology
Meditating on death and its influence on our culture... that the fear of death is the single motivating fact of human endeavour and that all art and philosophy come from trying to deal with obsolescence. -- The Catholic Herald
One of the few great books of the 20th or any other century. -- Albuquerque Journal Book Review
It is hard to overestimate the importance of this book: Becker succeeds brilliantly in what he sets out to do, and the effort was necessary. -- The Chicago Sun-Times
One hopes that every generation... will bring this brilliant book to the attention of new readers. * California Literary Review *

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