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In "Myths to Live By, " Joseph, Campbell explores the enduring power of the universal myths that influence our lives daily and examines the myth-making process from the primitive past to the immediate present, returning always to the source from which all mythology springs; the creative imagination. Campbell stresses that the borders dividing the earth have been shattered; that myths and religions have always followed the certain basic archetypes and are no longer exclusive to a single people, region, or religion. He shows how we must recognize their common denominators and allow this knowledge to be of use in fulfilling human potential everywhere.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 17.78mm | 249.47g
  • Penguin Books Australia
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0140194614
  • 9780140194616
  • 19,037

About Joseph Campbell

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.show more

Table of contents

Myths to Live By Foreword Preface I. The Impact of Science on Myth II. The Emergence of Mankind III. The Importance of Rites IV. The Separation of East and West V. The Confrontation of East and West in Religion VI. The Inspiration of Oriental Art VII. Zen VIII. The Mythology of Love IX. Mythologies of War and Peace X. Schizophrenia - the Inward Journey XI. The Moon Walk - the Outward Journey XII. Envoy: No More Horizons Reference Notes Indexshow more

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