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The Power of Myth The Power Of Myth launched an extraordinary resurgence of interest in Joseph Campbell and his work A preeminent scholar, writer, and teacher, he has had a profound influence on millions of people To him, mythology was the song of the universe, the music of the spheres With Bill Moyers, one of America s most prominent journalists, as his thoughtful and engaging interviewer, The Power Of Myth touches on subjects from modern marriage to virgin births, from Jesus to John Lennon, offering a brilliant combination of intelligence and wit


About the Author: Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell was an American author and teacher best known for his work in the field of comparative mythology He was born in New York City in 1904, and from early childhood he became interested in mythology He loved to read books about American Indian cultures, and frequently visited the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where he was fascinated by the museum s collection of totem poles Campbell was educated at Columbia University, where he specialized in medieval literature, and continued his studies at universities in Paris and Munich While abroad he was influenced by the art of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, the novels of James Joyce and Thomas Mann, and the psychological studies of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung These encounters led to Campbell s theory that all myths and epics are linked in the human psyche, and that they are cultural manifestations of the universal need to explain social, cosmological, and spiritual realities After a period in California, where he encountered John Steinbeck and the biologist Ed Ricketts, he taught at the Canterbury School, and then, in 1934, joined the literature department at Sarah Lawrence College, a post he retained for many years During the 40s and 50s, he helped Swami Nikhilananda to translate the Upanishads and The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna He also edited works by the German scholar Heinrich Zimmer on Indian art, myths, and philosophy In 1944, with Henry Morton Robinson, Campbell published A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake His first original work, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, came out in 1949 and was immediately well received in time, it became acclaimed as a classic In this study of the myth of the hero, Campbell asserted that there is a single pattern of heroic journey and that all cultures share this essential pattern in their various heroic myths In his book he also outlined the basic conditions, stages, and results of the archetypal hero s journey Throughout his life, he traveled extensively and wrote prolifically, authoring many books, including the four volume series The Masks of God, Myths to Live By, The Inner Reaches of Outer Space and The Historical Atlas of World Mythology Joseph Campbell died in 1987 In 1988, a series of television interviews with Bill Moyers, The Power of Myth, introduced Campbell s views to millions of people.



10 thoughts on “The Power of Myth

  1. says:

    I really do think that this should be required reading in high school, everywhere Or beyond Just in general I read it in preperation for my AP year, and it really helps you to open your eyes quite a bit Does Joe Campbell like to stretch his points Yes Are some of his ideas and allusions a little far fet


  2. says:

    The Power of Myth explores so muchthan myth It delves into the essence of life itself.Joseph Campbell was mythologist, professor, writer, lecturer, historianhe was so much His wealth of knowledge on faith, philosophy and humanity was astounding He has left us, but he has left behind a body of work, a legacy of


  3. says:

    I have bought this wonderful machine a computer Now I am rather an authority on gods, so I identified the machine it seems to me to be an Old Testament god with a lot of rules and no mercy. Joseph Campbell s Hero with a Thousand Faces is a book that, for better or worse, will forever change how you see the world Once


  4. says:

    The Power of Myth Joseph Campbell and Power of Myth , Joseph Campbell, Bill MoyersThe Power Of Myth launched an extraordinary resurgence of interest in Joseph Campbell and his work A preeminent scholar, writer, and teacher, he has had a profound influence on millions of people To him, mythology was the song of the universe, th


  5. says:

    In my daily life, I talk about suffering a lot I have had trouble accepting the fact that terrible things happen to people everyday, that the voiceless, the weak have to undergo great cruelty everywhere Campbell says, for our sake we have to affirm the brutality, the thoughtlessness of our surroundings too By doing so, we affirm our w


  6. says:

    If you were to read only one book in your lifetime, what book would you want that to be Well, that is certainly an unfair question since it is difficult to make that choice However, if I was given the option of choosing only 20 books to read in my lifetime, The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell would certainly be on that list.This book is abou


  7. says:

    Joseph Campbell is seriously incredible Read this, listen to the PBS audio tapes, read anything he writes he s just brilliant, erudite, illuminating, fascinating, lovable, enlightening he reveals things articulately that you always sensed in the shadowy regions of your instinct, and having them so clearly identified has a revelatory and refreshing ef


  8. says:

    This is my first first person experience with Campbell And I find it an incredibly frustrating book There are parts that are wonderful when Campbell takes a few moments to tell some of the myths that have been floating around for years Or when he compares the motifs in multiple myths from different cultures in different parts of the world Campbell was clearl


  9. says:

    There is something very fishy about our existence We are unaware of it most of the time, but it tickles us all from time to time.Suddenly we realize we are , we actually exist That s a weird thing One day we open our eyes, and there s a world outside.These things trouble me Since when do I exist How come I wasn t here, then I suddenly came out of nowhere How s it po


  10. says:

    Re read this one after several years, and it was evenpowerful this time I think the time and the age between helped in my understanding and comprehension Very accessible text, and I am sure I will revisit this one again someday maybe I can finally watch the PBS special too.


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