Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work / Edition 3

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Joseph Campbell, arguably the greatest mythologist of our time, was certainly one of our greatest story-tellers. This new cloth edition of The Hero's Journey, published to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Campbell's birth, recounts his own quest and conveys the excitement of his lifelong exploration of our mythic traditions, what he called "the one great story of mankind." This masterfully crafted book interweaves conversations with Campbell and some of the people he inspired, including poet Robert Bly, anthropologist Angeles Arrien, filmmaker David Kennard, Doors' drummer John Densmore, psychiatric pioneer Stanislov Grof, Nobel laureate Roger Guillemen, and others.

Behind the man who spent his life journeying through the mythologies of the world was someone whose life was a deep personal quest for his own immortal hero. Through a series of interviews, The Hero's Journey follows the footsteps of Joseph Campbell as he tells stories of his life, his love, and his passion. Following Campbell's own themes from Hero with a Thousand Faces, Phil Cousineau, as editor, lets that story unfold. First comes the "Call to Adventure" in which the young child, sensing the mystery and the poetry inherent in life, makes the first of his many discoveries, the Native American. Campbell immerses himself completely in this world, reading everything he can find. He then moves on, through his student days, along his own "Road of Trials" and his "Vision Quest," searching out those places where his experiences, his own taste of life will be heightened.

An athlete, traveler, and avid scholar, he moves to Paris, where he comes in contact with his very deepest passion, the world common to all of mankind -- the world of inner transformation. He finds the immortal questions revealed in mythology, art, and literature, and he begins to lecture and write as he dedicates himself to the mythology of his own personal journey. Campbell reflects in The Hero's Journey on subjects ranging from the origins and functions of myth, the role of the artist, and the need for ritual, to the ordeals of love and romance. With his poetic and pragmatic language, Joseph Campbell stands as a signpost in a time when we have lost our connection to mythology.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Campbell's spiritual autobiography, filled with quotable comments, offers insights into his Catholic youth, travels, teaching career and marriage as well as dialogues on poetry and ritual art with notables including Robert Bly and Jung. ``Fans of . . . Campbell's books on comparative myth and religion will enjoy this amalgam of interviews, speeches and conversations,'' said PW. Illustrated. (Aug.)
Library Journal
Campbell's 1990 volume is being rereleased to honor his centennial. The book essentially is a collection of interviews in which Campbell reveals information about his life as well as his work in dissecting the world's mythologies. This edition contains a new foreword by Phil Cousineau and sports illustrations as far ranging as symbols of the ancients to pix of James Joyce, Jerry Garcia, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. LJ's reviewer found that as the stories unfold, readers "experience the warm human presence of a man who spent his life learning from others as well as teaching" (LJ 5/15/90). Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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“A fascinating series of dialogues with Joseph Campbell, revealing at every turn fresh aspects of his genius, wisdom, and understanding. I hope this much-needed book will be widely read and pondered.”
Richard Adams, author of Watership Down

“We don’t have enough personal history regarding Joseph Campbell, so [this] book fills a real need.”
Michael Murphy, cofounder of the Esalen Institute

“Blissful! Illuminating! The voice of the master storyteller himself...An outstanding introduction to the great teacher and personalizer of our myths and muses.”
Noel Riley Fitch, author of Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation

“These stories reveal how [Campbell’s] sense of the oneness of mythology began and grew over the course of his long and event-filled life journey. As we read them, we experience the warm human presence of a man who spent his life learning from others as well as teaching. Recommended.”
Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577314042
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 249
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.94 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Campbell (1904–1987) is widely credited with bringing mythology to a mass audience. His works, including the four-volume The Masks of God and The Power of Myth (with Bill Moyers), rank among the classics in mythology and literature.

Phil Cousineau is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, lecturer and travel leader, storyteller and TV host. He has written and co-written numerous books on religion, travel, and mythology, including The Art of Pilgrimage and Once and Future Myths. He lives in San Francisco.

Stuart L. Brown was the executive producer of (and driving force behind) the popular documentary film The Hero's Journey: The World of Joseph Campbell. He lives in Northern California.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Preface to the Centennial Edition xi
Introduction xv
Editor's Acknowledgments xxv
Chronology of Joseph Campbell's Life xxvi
Chapter 1 The Call to Adventure 1
Chapter 2 The Road of Trials 19
Chapter 3 The Vision Quest 51
Chapter 4 The Meeting with the Goddess 81
Chapter 5 The Boon 113
Chapter 6 The Magic Flight 141
Chapter 7 The Return Threshold 179
Chapter 8 The Master of Two Worlds 199
Epilogue: The Tiger and the Goat 231
Books by Joseph Campbell 233
Bibliography 235
List of Contributors 238
Illustration Credits 239
Index 241
About the Author 251
About the Joseph Campbell Foundation 253
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