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

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

by Stuart L. Brown
     
 

The author of Hero with a Thousand Faces, The Masks of God series, and The Power of Myth here turns his powers of observation and analysis on his own life's journey and conveys the excitement of his life-long exploration of mythic traditions, which he called "the one great story of mankind." In conversations with poets, anthropologists, and philosophers such as

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The author of Hero with a Thousand Faces, The Masks of God series, and The Power of Myth here turns his powers of observation and analysis on his own life's journey and conveys the excitement of his life-long exploration of mythic traditions, which he called "the one great story of mankind." In conversations with poets, anthropologists, and philosophers such as Robert Bly, Angeles Arrien, David Kennard, John Densmore, Stanislov Grof, and Roger Guillemen, Campbell reflects 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. Illustrated throughout with photographs from Joseph Campbell's family archive and with a new, revised introduction, The Hero's Journey introduces the reader first-hand to Joseph Campbell the man, his discoveries, his terminology, and his thinking.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fans of Joseph Campbell's books on comparative myth and religion will enjoy this amalgam of interviews, speeches and conversations, a spin-off of a film documentary of the same title produced by Cousineau. A spiritual autobiography of sorts, the book ranges widely, from Cro-Magnon art to Arthurian legend to marriage as a ``sacrificial field,'' as it follows Campbell from his Catholic boyhood and early interest in American Indians to his years in Paris and Munich, through his travels and teaching at Sarah Lawrence. We watch as he discusses poetry with Robert Bly and meets Jung, who explains to him the meaning of the Hindu syllable ``Om.'' Campbell's comments are quotable: ``If marriage isn't a first priority in your life, you're not married.'' His prompting to ``follow your bliss'' here takes on the meaning of working out one's inner myths to gain a sense of direction. Photos. (May)
Library Journal
Another book of interviews with Joseph Campbell? Does this one add anything to what we already know about him and his work? Yes, it does. This book seems more ``personal'' because it includes excerpts from conversations and interviews by long-time Campbell intimates, including his wife, who knew what questions to ask to get Campbell to tell stories from his own life. These stories reveal how his 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.-- Lucy Patrick, Florida State Univ., Tallahassee

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062501028
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/01/1990
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
240

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