The Hero with a Thousand Faces

The Hero with a Thousand Faces

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Since its release in 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbell's revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology. In these pages, Campbell outlines the Hero's Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually all of the world's mythic traditions. He also explores the Cosmogonic Cycle, the mythic pattern of world creation and destruction.

As part of the Joseph Campbell Foundation's Collected Works of Joseph Campbell, this third edition features expanded illustrations, a comprehensive bibliography, and more accessible sidebars.

As relevant today as when it was first published, The Hero with a Thousand Faces continues to find new audiences in fields ranging from religion and anthropology to literature and film studies. The book has also profoundly influenced creative artists--including authors, songwriters, game designers, and filmmakers--and continues to inspire all those interested in the inherent human need to tell stories.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 33.02mm | 653.17g
  • Novato, CA, United States
  • English
  • 3rd ed.
  • Line Drawings throughout
  • 1577315936
  • 9781577315933
  • 1,795

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Since its release in 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers
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"I have returned to no other book more often since leaving college than this one, and every time I discover new insight into the human journey. Every generation will find in Hero wisdom for the ages."
-- Bill Moyers

"In the three decades since I discovered The Hero with a Thousand Faces, it has continued to fascinate and inspire me. Joseph Campbell peers through centuries and shows us that we are all connected by a basic need to hear stories and understand ourselves. As a book, it is wonderful to read; as illumination into the human condition, it is a revelation."
-- George Lucas

"Campbell's words carry extraordinary weight, not only among scholars but among a wide range of other people who find his search down mythological pathways relevant to their lives today....The book for which he is most famous, The Hero with a Thousand Faces [is] a brilliant examination, through ancient hero myths, of man's eternal struggle for identity."
-- Time

"In the long run, the most influential book of the twentieth century may turn out to be Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces."
-- Christopher Vogler
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About Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell (1904 - 1987) gilt als einer der bedeutendsten Mythenforscher des 20. Jahrhunderts. Als Professor und Autor machte sich der studierte Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaftler einen Namen in der Fachwelt. Erst nach seinem Tod wurden er und seine Arbeit einem breiten Publikum bekannt: Im Jahre 1988 wurde erstmals die Interview-Reihe Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth, in der Campbell mit dem Journalisten Bill Moyers über die Rolle der Mythologie in der Gesellschaft spricht, im amerikanischen Fernsehen ausgestrahlt - der Eindruck auf das Publikum war überwältigend.
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