The back cover of _Shame and Its Sisters_ says:
"Silvan Tomkins (1911-1991) was one of the most radical and imaginative psychologists of the twentieth century. In _Affect, Imagery, Consciousness_, a four-volume work published over the last thirty years of his life, Tomkins developed an ambitious theory of affect steeped in cybernetics and systems theory as well as in psychoanalysis, ethology, and neuroscience. [Sounds wonderfully kooky!] The implications of his conceptually daring and phenomenologically suggestive theory are now--in the context of postmodernism--beginning to be understood. ...Featuring intensive examination of several key affects, particularly shame and anger, this volume contains many of Tomkins's most haunting, diagnostically incisive, and theoretically challenging discussions...."