Myths to Live by (Condor Books) Hardcover – 1 Sep 1973
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No other academic has had such a far-reaching effect on mass culture. --The Independent --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Joseph Campbell was interested in mythology since his childhood in New York, when he read books about American Indians, frequently visited the American Museum of Natural History, and was fascinated by the museum's collection of totem poles. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees at Columbia in 1925 and 1927 and went on to study medieval French and Sanskrit at the universities of Paris and Munich. After a period in California, where he encountered John Steinbeck and the biologist Ed Ricketts, he taught at the Canterbury School, then, in 1934, joined the literature department at Sarah Lawrence College, a post he retained for many years. During the 1940s and '50s, he helped Swami Nikhilananda to translate the Upanishads and The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. The many books by Professor Campbell include The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Myths to Live By, The Flight of the Wild Gander, and The Mythic Image. He edited The Portable Arabian Nights, The Portable Jung, and other works. He died in 1987. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A clear account of oriental and occidental comparisions especially Buddism.
I am really annoyed that no-one recommended I read this before now!!!
The first of these essays was written a long time ago now - but charts a path for the struggle between Islam and the West - almost as though it perceives the threat and is outlining instructions to try and deal with it!!
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It will probably make sense of all the Hollywood family films you've ever watched since the 1960s......
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Purchased as a present for my wife who is into this type of thing and she seems to enjoy itPublished on 23 Mar. 2014 by Mr David Williams
Sadly the book did not live up to its description or hype.
A poor attempt of a subject that needed deeper thought
worth reading. interresting knowlege of myths. well thought out. this book is for the alternative minded. the pictures are goodPublished on 18 Nov. 2013 by PeterDarby