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A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living [Hardcover]

Joseph Campbell , Diane Osbon
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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (5 Sep 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060167181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060167189
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 12.1 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 672,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joseph Campbell was an American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work is vast, covering many aspects of the human experience. His philosophy is often summarized by his phrase: "Follow your bliss."

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Joseph Campbell shares personal revelations and intimate reflections on the art of living.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius At Work 19 Aug 2003
Format:Hardcover
Unlike most of Joseph Campbell's other works, A JOSEPH CAMPBELL COMPANION can be used as a daily reader with each brief topic consumed separately. The text of the book draws its material from an intensive seminar led by Campbell at Esalen in 1983.
The seminar lasted for one month and was attended by the editor, Diane K. Osbon, and nine other fortunate people.
In one memorable segment Campbell discusses the woman's life and her journey. The traditional role of the woman is in relationship in one way or another to a family. This role can continue into old age as in the example of the grandmother. Campbell contrasts the traditional female role to that of the female professors who are more on the male hero's journey deriving fulfillment from worldly achievements. Campbell sees these women as being less fulfilled than women who are also in nontraditional roles but are totally involved in the arts. The latter receive their fulfillment mostly from doing what the artist does and not so much from their accomplishments.
If you begin to read A JOSEPH CAMPBELL COMPANION, it will be a difficult volume to put back in the book in the book case. It is more likely to remain close at hand to be read again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Bible 14 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback
I have read this book many times in my life at turning points along the way. It always enlightens me...I find something new & wonderful in it every time. It brings me peace & balance & confirms for me what I have always known - that in their essence, religions differ semantically & ritualistically but they all flow from the same essential energy source. So what are we all fighting for. Let's find a universal Art to Living
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book really tells about the "art of living" 19 Jun 1998
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This is a very well-organized book that teaches us things about life that we don't already know and should know! It's a must-have for anyone needing a sense of spiritual guidance in one's life unless you're one of those people who believe that you can only find fulfillment and meaning "after"you die!
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