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

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New World Library, 2003 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 249 pages
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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Another good book I've read a couple of times. It names common structural elements found universally in myths, fairy tales, dreams, and movies. The author uses movies to defend his philosophy. A must in a writer's library. Read full review

The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work (Campbell, Joseph, Works.)

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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 ... Read full review


The Call to Adventure
The Road of Trials
The Vision Quest
The Meeting with the Goddess
The Boon
The Magic Flight
The Return Threshold
The Master of Two Worlds
The Tiger and the Goat
List of Contributors
Illustration Credits
About the Joseph Campbell Foundation

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Page xxiii - A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.
Page xi - They agreed that all would go on the quest . . . but they thought it would be a disgrace to go forth in a group, so each entered the forest "at a point that he, himself, had chosen, where it was darkest and there was no path.

About the author (2003)

Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) is famous for bringing mythology to a mass audience. His best-known works are Hero with a Thousand Faces, The Masks of God, and The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers. Phil Cousineau's books include Once and Future Myths, The Art of Pilgrimage, and Soul Moments. He lives in San Francisco.

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