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Psyche and Soul in AmericaThe Spiritual Odyssey of Rollo May$
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Robert H. Abzug

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780199754373

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199754373.001.0001

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“Epitome of America”

“Epitome of America”

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(p.1) 1 “Epitome of America”
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Psyche and Soul in America
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Robert H. Abzug

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199754373.003.0001

Rollo May was born and raised in what once was considered the American heartland, the small-town Protestant Midwest. However, his family life was extremely troubled. His father was a YMCA field secretary and his mother a devout Methodist who had a stormy and ultimately dysfunctional family life. Rollo sought escape in nature and tried to fulfil especially his mother’s sense of her son’s destiny. He was shy, resentful of his family’s relative poverty, and felt caught between the battles his father and mother constantly waged. Still, he saw his future in “religious work” and being a “friend to man.”

Keywords:   Edgar Lee Masters, Sam Foss, YMCA, St. Clair River, Methodism. Midwest, religious calling

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