A Fire in the Mind; The Life of Joseph Campbell

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A comprehensive blography of mythologist, teacher, and storyteller Joseph Campbell, based on heretofore untapped primary sources. It is destined to stand next to Campbell's own classics as essential reading for his legions of fans and admirers.
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A comprehensive blography of mythologist, teacher, and storyteller Joseph Campbell, based on heretofore untapped primary sources. It is destined to stand next to Campbell's own classics as essential reading for his legions of fans and admirers.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Tinged with reverence, this monumental but inert biography loosely measures Joseph Campbell's thought and achievements against his own self-defined quest for a personal Mythos. Psychotherapist Stephen Larsen ( The Shaman's Doorway ) and art historian Robin Larsen ( Emanuel Swedenborg ) recreate Campbell's boyhood enriched by Native American lore, his fateful meetings with Jung and Krishnamurti, his rivalry with John Steinback, his late sexual awakening and happy marriage to dancer Jean Erdman. They chart his little-known trajectory from budding Communist short-story writer in the 1930s to largely apolitical interpreter of the world's mythic heritage. Though it intermittently throws shafts of light on Campbell's inner journey, the book's first half, based largely on his journals and letters, stays too close to his own version of himself, while the second half, tracing the eminent mythologist as a public figure, feels hollow. Photos. (Dec.)
Library Journal
The Larsens, students and friends of the late Campbell, draw upon early journals and private papers as well as extensive interviews in this first authorized biography of the acclaimed mythologist. Campbell, who focused public imagination on myth, is a fascinating subject whose life embodied as much serendipity as any myth. The Larsens's study provides a deep understanding of the man who ``followed his bliss.'' However, as in many biographies written by friends of the subject, their tone is one of love and respect--where even personal shortcomings are treated with tenderness. Later biographers may treat Campbell more objectively, yet they may find it impossible to give readers the experience of the man himself as clearly as the Larsens do here. Campbell lovers will enjoy the book. Skeptics may be touched by the integrity and humanness revealed. Recommended.-- Lucy Patrick, Florida State Univ. Lib., Tallahassee
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385266369
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/26/1992
  • Edition description: 1st Anchor Books ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 636
  • Product dimensions: 5.93 (w) x 9.09 (h) x 1.43 (d)

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