A Myth in Action: The Heroic Life of Audie Murphy

A Myth in Action: The Heroic Life of Audie Murphy

by Ann Levingston Joiner


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A Myth in Action: The Heroic Life of Audie Murphy by Ann Levingston Joiner

Audie Murphy,the son of an itinerant Texas farmhand, was born in 1925. The teenager enlisted in the US Army in 1942. At that time, he stood 5' 6" tall. By the time he reached twenty, he had seen action in the WWII European Theater in Sicily, mainland Italy, France, and Germany. He held a battlefield commission, and when the war in Europe ended, he returned home wearing more medals for valor than had any other soldier in his country's history. This living legend became a Hollywood actor, and starred in more than forty movies before his tragic death in 1971, at the age of 45. He had become a living myth.

Comparative mythologist, Joseph Campbell (Hero with a Thousand Faces) along with psychologists like Rollo May (The Cry for Myth) and Carl Jung, agree that all true heroes lives follow the same "archetypal" pattern. Homer's Perseus, the Arthurian Percival, Luke Skywalker, and the real life hero, Audie Murphy all lived lives that resonated with that pattern.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781482533262
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/14/2013
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Ann Levingston Joiner is a native of Orange, Texas, where she lived through her mid-thirties. At that time, she was a stay-at-home mom who spent her free time volunteering and writing poetry in a spiral-bound journal. After returning to college during the late nine-teen seventies, she moved her children to Houston and began her career as a high-school English teacher. Teaching in experimental programs, she wrote curriculum, authored textbook supplements and conducted workshops to help students develop their writing skills. Before she retired in 2002, she developed the English and Language Arts portion of her school's computer-based credit recovery program. During the years of her teaching career, she pursued an interest in comparative mythology, particularly focusing on the works of Joseph Campbell and the Hero's Journey. After retiring, she moved to San Antonio, Texas, to be closer to her children, and to pursue a new career as a writer. Her published works include two poems, "Lady Audrey" and "The Rest Home," a novel, Redstone's Valley, and a short story anthology, Redstone Stories, in addition to this non-fiction work, A Myth in Action: The Heroic Life of Audie Murphy. Now a grandmother, her current interests include genealogical research and writing fictionalized stories about the lives of her ancestors. She is also working on a series of fantasy western novels, set in the Texas Hill Country and involving its legendary Enchanted Rock.

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