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

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

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by Joseph Campbell
 

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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

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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
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781577314042
Publisher:
New World Library
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Series:
The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell
Edition description:
Third Edition
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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