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Listen, Little Man!

Listen, Little Man!

Wilhelm Reich; Translated from the German by Ralph Manheim; Illustrated with line drawings by artist William Steig

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Listen, Little Man! is a great physician's quiet talk to each one of us, the average human being, the Little Man. Written in 1946 in answer to the gossip and defamation that plagued his remarkable career, it tells how Reich watched, at first naively, then with amazement, and finally with horror, at 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 this power and makes it crueler than the power it has supplanted.

Reich asks us to look honestly at ourselves and to assume responsibility for our lives and for the great untapped potential that lies in the depth of human nature.

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Wilhelm Reich; Translated from the German by Ralph Manheim; Illustrated with line drawings by artist William Steig

Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957) was an Austrian doctor and psychoanalyst. His many works include Character Analysis, The Mass Psychology of Fascism, and The Sexual Revolution.

William Steig (1907-2003) was a cartoonist, illustrator and author of award-winning books for children, including Shrek!, on which the DreamWorks movies are based. His many honors include a Caldecott Medal and two Newbury Honors. Stieg also published thirteen collections of drawings for adults, including The Lonely Ones, Male/Female, and Our Miserable Life.

Wilhelm Reich

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William Steig

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