The Hero with a Thousand Faces: Commemorative Edition

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Joseph Campbell's classic cross-cultural study of the hero's journey has inspired millions and opened up new areas of research and exploration. Originally published in 1949, the book hit the New York Times best-seller list in 1988 when it became the subject of The Power of Myth, a PBS television special. Now, this legendary volume, re-released in honor of the 100th anniversary of the author's birth, promises to capture the imagination of a new generation of readers.

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Overview

Joseph Campbell's classic cross-cultural study of the hero's journey has inspired millions and opened up new areas of research and exploration. Originally published in 1949, the book hit the New York Times best-seller list in 1988 when it became the subject of The Power of Myth, a PBS television special. Now, this legendary volume, re-released in honor of the 100th anniversary of the author's birth, promises to capture the imagination of a new generation of readers.

The first popular work to combine the spiritual and psychological insights of modern psychoanalysis with the archetypes of world mythology, the book creates a roadmap for navigating the frustrating path of contemporary life. Examining heroic myths in the light of modern psychology, it considers not only the patterns and stages of mythology but also its relevance to our lives today—and to the life of any person seeking a fully realized existence.

Myth, according to Campbell, is the projection of a culture's dreams onto a large screen; Campbell's book, like Star Wars, the film it helped inspire, is an exploration of the big-picture moments from the stage that is our world. Offered for the first time with beautifully restored illustrations and a bibliography of cited works, it provides unparalleled insight into world mythology from diverse cultures. It is a must-have resource for both experienced students of mythology and the explorer just beginning to approach myth as a source of knowledge.

A look into the variety of hero myths and the similarities that run through different cultures by making use of psychology and folklore.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780691119243
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 2/17/2004
  • Series: Bollingen Series (General)
  • Edition description: Commemorative Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) was a writer, an anthropologist, lecturer and teacher. His lifelong fascination with myth began at the age of six when he was enchanted by a performance of Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show. A teacher at Sarah Lawrence College for 38 years, he authored, co-authored and edited dozens of books on mythology in art and religion.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Plates
Preface to the 1949 Edition
Introduction to the 2004 Commemorative Edition
Acknowledgments
Prologue: The Monomyth 1
Pt. 1 The Adventure of the Hero
Ch. I Departure 45
Ch. II Initiation 89
Ch. III Return 179
Ch. IV The Keys 227
Pt. 2 The Cosmogonic Cycle
Ch. I Emanations 237
Ch. II The Virgin Birth 275
Ch. III Transformations of the Hero 291
Ch. IV Dissolutions 337
Epilogue: Myth and Society 351
Bibliography 363
Index 383
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