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Myths to Live by (Condor Books) Hardcover – 1 Sep 1973

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd; First UK Edition edition (1 Sept. 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 028564730X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0285647305
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,955,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Paperback
Campbell explores myths and religion in such a way as to challenge our thinking and our understanding no matter what our backgrounds. An incredibly relevant and important book to help us understand the world we live in - both physically and mentally. Campbell's style is lucid and entertaining and the moments where his own personality creep in (his love of the US for instance) they only serve to make the work feel more like a dialogue between friends and less like an academic treatise. I highly recopmmend this to anyone and everyone! Indeed in the 21st Century this hold be compulsory reading in all schools and collges all over the world!
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A very clearly written account of myths compared with todays happenings. Chapters start with what is going to be dealt with and at the end of the chapter how the story relates to the start of the chapter.
A clear account of oriental and occidental comparisions especially Buddism.
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I really wish I had read this years ago. Clearly many of the essays have been seminal ones - and a great deal of thought and criticism has in fact had these essays in mind - but never clearly acknowledged them!!

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!!

The language of the book is really lucid and accessible and I would really recommend that you all invest in a copy.

It will probably make sense of all the Hollywood family films you've ever watched since the 1960s......
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A penetrating review of world religions and corresponding myths. A brilliant exposition with clarity and insight.It compares the western concept of God as a seperate kingly entity as projective 'Father' who admnisters punishment and reward, to the Eastern of Gnosis - the christian 'heresy'. Jesus is seen as God in man, unique, but in the Orient God is immanent in all men, to be revealed as identification with the Divine and loss of the sense of self. But infintely more gained.
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This series of essays/lectures on mythological themes is a delightful read in which Campbell's lifelong studies bear fruit in insight and understanding about who we are and our place in the scheme of things. It has not foxed with age (originally published in 1973) and with its clarity of style and thought, goes does like a great liqueur.
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A beautiful (often challenging) journey through time, picking at those everlasting threads of truth etched into the fabric of mankind.

A great recommendation - which I plan to pay forward one thousand times.
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jc has a garbled style that irritates
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Heavy going and probably best read in tandem with another book to allow time to reflect and digest after each paper. That said it is an incredibly interesting topic.
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