Yesterday’s Artists in Today’s World

Carl Jung, the Swiss psychotherapist and psychiatrist who dug deep into the collective unconscious and after decades of study and observation, noted;

“I have treated many hundreds of patients. Among those in the second half of life – that is to say, over 35 – there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life.”

If in the last parts of our earthly lives, we turn without equivocation to the spiritual, where then do we turn when freed from earthy confines? To what do we turn? And what do we say? And to whom do we speak?

In Yesterday’s Artists in Today’s World, I give voice to artists from the past but awakened in spirit and allow them to speak to us.

You can review the complete collection of the first 100 Yesterday’s Artists below, the basis of which, with biographical sketches, historical anecdotes and personal insight, will form a book (Volume I) to be published in Fall/2015.

Come with me and listen to Yesterday’s Artists, awash in spiritual freedom, tell us about Today’s World in words, comments and artistic adaptations. Knowing what he knows now, what will Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea tells us today? Would Beckett wait for one other than Godot? What of Marilyn? What does she know now that she didn’t know then?

 As skilled communicators who can speak and write without censorship and with spiritual insight, will Yesterday’s Artists help us understand our world?

~ Stephen J. Bergstrom


1. Adler, Stella

2. Alcott, Louisa May

3. Anderson, Marian

4. Annie, Little Orphan

5. Antigone

6. Austen, Jane

7. Baker, Josephine

8. Baum, Frank

9. Beckett, Samuel

10. Bergman, Ingrid

11. Bierstadt, Albert

12. Blixen, Karen (Isak Dinesen)

13. Borges, Jorge Luis

14. Bow, Clara Gordon

15. Browning, Elizabeth Barrett

16. Bruce, Lenny (Leonard Alfred Schneider)

17. Bukowski, Charles

18. Callas, Maria

19. Cassatt, Mary

20. Cather, Willa

21. Celine, (Lewis-Ferdinand)

22. Chaplin, Charles

23. Chopin, Kate

24. Christie, Agatha

25. Colette, Sidonie-Gabrielle

26. Cooper, James Fenimore

27. Curtis, Edward S.

28. de Beauvoir, Simone

29. Dickinson, Emily

30. Dickey, James

31. Dostoyevsky, Fydor

32. Dumas, Alexandre

33. Duncan, Theresa

34. Eliot, George (Mary Anne Evans)

35. Faulkner, William

36. Fellini, Federico

37. Fitzgerald, F. Scott

38. Fleming, Ian Lancaster

39. Fowles, John

40. Gellhorn, Martha

41. Hammett, Dashiell

42. Hemingway, Ernest

43. Hitchcock, Alfred

44. Hilton, James

45. Holly, Buddy

46. Hypatia

47. Ibsen, Henrik

48. Inanna

49. Jackson, Shirley

50. Jara, Victor

51. Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer

52. Joyce, James

53. Kafka, Franz

54. Kahlo, Frida

55. Keats, John

56. Kesey, Ken

57. Kerouac, Jack

58. Keyes, Daniel

59. Langtry, Lillie

60. Lardner, Ring

61. Lead Belly (Huddie William Ledbetter)

62. Lindbergh, Anne Morrow

63. Lovecraft, H.P.

64. Mailer, Norman

65. Mansfield, Katherine (Boris Petrovsky)

66. Marti, Jose

67. McCullers, Carson

68. Mitchell, Margaret

69. Monroe, Marilyn (Norma Jean Baker)

70. Morrison, Jim

71. Naidu, Sarojini

72. Nampeyo (Snake Girl – Hopi)

73. Orwell, George

74. Parker, Dorothy

75. Plath, Sylvia

76. Poe, Edgar Allan

77. Porter, Katherine Anne

78. Presley, Elvis

79. Pyle, Ernie

80. Rhys, Jean

81. Riefenstahl, Leni

82. Rogers, Will

83. Ross, Mattie (Charles Portis’ True Grit)

84. Seberg, Jean

85. Sexton, Anne

86. Shelley, Mary

87. Sinclair, Upton

88. Sister Carrie (T. Dreiser’s Caroline Meeber)

89. Stein, Gertrude

90. Steinbeck, John

91. Stoker, Bram

92. Stowe, Harriet Beecher

93. Strindberg, August

94. Thornton, Big Mama

95. Trumbo, Dalton

96. Updike, John

97. Van Gogh, Vincent

98. Welles, Orson

99. West, Mae (Mary Jane West)

100. Woolf, Virginia

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