Women Who Run with the Wolves

Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype is a book by Jungian analyst, author and poet Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D, published in 1992 by Ballantine Books. It spent 145 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list over a three-year span, a record at the time.[1]. Estés won a Las Primeras Award from the Mexican American Women's Foundation for being the First Latina on the New York Times Best Seller list.[2] The book also appeared on other best seller lists, including USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal.

Estés had been producing popular audiotapes of her stories and research and was approached by publishers to turn them into a book.[1]

In Women Who Run with the Wolves, Estés analyses myths, fairy tales, folk tales and stories from different cultures to uncover the Wild Woman archetype of the feminine psyche. The notion of the archetype is associated with the work of Carl Jung.

Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
Author Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Ballantine Books
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 520
ISBN 0-345-37744-3


  1. ^ a b Sylvia Mendoza, The Book of Latina Women: 150 Vidas of Passion, Strength, and Success, Adams Media, 2004, p. 221.
  2. ^ "A Legacy of Latina Leadership: Las Primeras Awardees, 1990-2014" (PDF). MANA, A National Latina Organization.

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