THE LITERARY ENNEAGRAM:
CHARACTERS FROM THE INSIDE OUT (Metamorphous Press, 2001. ISBN 978-1-55552-107-
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THE LITERARY ENNEAGRAM, unique among books about the Enneagram, uses literary examples to show the inner dynamics of the nine Enneagram styles. Many of the characters discussed are from classic works by Shakespeare, Chaucer, Shaw, Jane Austen, George Eliot, Dostoevski, Tolstoy, Thomas Hardy, Flaubert, Proust, and Goethe. The remainder are from such modern masters as J.D. Salinger, Albert Camus, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T.S. Eliot, E.M. Forster, James Thurber, John O'Hara, P.D. James, Joseph Heller, James Joyce, Henry James, Barbara Kingsolver, Mary Gordon, Cynthia Ozick, Erica Jong, Cathleen Schine, John Updike, Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller. The book offers a mix of male and female characters, with examples for each of the 9 Enneagram styles, each of the 18 wing types, and each of the 27 subtypes.
A sample chapter,
"Two: The Lover," is in the Articles section of
PRAISE FOR THE LITERARY ENNEAGRAM BY JUDITH SEARLE:
is an invaluable tool both for the novelist and for any person who cares
about literature in a serious way. Judith Searle opens our eyes.
She offers us a new way of seeing material that might have become invisible
to us because of our old ways of thinking."
"In this fascinating
book, Judith Searle explores the essences of characters, giving us insights
into ourselves and the people we know and create. I strongly recommend
the book for writers and actors, as well as all who are intrigued with
the complexity, diversity, and dimensionality of our humanity."
ENNEAGRAM is a groundbreaking book that demonstrates the universality of
the Enneagram. Rightly understood, the nine types are more than psychological
styles, they are worldviews--and out of these emerge literature, theater,
music--all of the arts--to hold up a mirror to human nature. This book
is an important resource in a growing field. It will be valuable to anyone
seeking a more profound understanding of literary characters."
of the way through this book, I realized that by understanding it I would
know which actors would like which book or screenplay, and thus I would
waste less time pursuing the ‘wrong’ people. In Hollywood you hear a lot
about ‘character arc’ and odd claims like ‘character is story.’ With this
book, you'll understand character basics, completely. It's really a crystal
lens of understanding, and I'm grateful Judith wrote it."
her characters through the lens of type, Judith skillfully reveals an unexpected
inner coherence, an illuminating consistency that propels the human condition.
Now we know a lot more about it."
is the most comprehensive synthesis of Enneagram literature. An enjoyable
read both for someone familiar with the Enneagram and for a newcomer, this
book is lucid, exciting and poignant, and shows Judith Searle to be a leading
thinker and articulate writer who knows how to bring theories to life through
the vehicle of some of our favorite literary characters".
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