Mythic Dimension Selected Essays, 1959-1987

ISBN-10: 0060966122
ISBN-13: 9780060966126
Edition: 1997
Authors: Joseph Campbell
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 5/7/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Provocative and personal writings on mythology, culture, and modern life by our century's foremost interpreter and teacher of myth. Gathered together here for the first time are twelve eclectic,far-ranging, and brilliant essays exploring myth in all its dimensions:its history; its influence on art, literature, and culture; and its role in everyday life. Written at the height of Joseph Campbell's career -- and showcasing the lively and learned intelligence that made him thepremier writer on mythology of our times -- these essays investigatethe profound links between myth and history, the arts, and modern life.From psychology to the occult, from Thomas Mann to the Grateful Dead, from Goddess spirituality to Freud and Jung, these playful anderudite writings reveal the threads of myth woven deeply into thefabric of our culture and our lives.

Joseph Campbell was born in White Plains, New York on March 26, 1904. He received a B.A. in English literature in 1925 and an M.A. in Medieval literature in 1927 from Columbia University. He was awarded a Proudfit Traveling Fellowship to continue his studies at the University of Paris. After he had received and rejected an offer to teach at his high school alma mater, his Fellowship was renewed, and he traveled to Germany to resume his studies at the University of Munich. During the year he was housemaster of Canterbury School, he sold his first short story, Strictly Platonic, to Liberty magazine. In 1934, he accepted a position in the literature department at Sarah Lawrence College, a post he would retain until retiring in 1972. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 40 books including The Hero with a Thousand Faces, The Mythic Image, the four-volume The Masks of God, and The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers. During the 1940s and 1950s, he collaborated with Swami Nikhilananda on translations of the Upanishads and The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. He received several awards including National Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Contributions to Creative Literature and the 1985 National Arts Club Gold Medal of Honor in Literature. He died after a brief struggle with cancer on October 30, 1987.

Editor's Foreword
Comparative Mythology as an Introduction to Cross-Cultural Studies
The Historical Development of Mythology
Renewal Myths and Rides of the Primitive Hunters and Planters
Johann Jacob Bachofen
The Mystery Number of the Goddess
Creativity
The Interpretation of Symbolic Forms
Mythological Themes in Creative Literature and Art
The Occult in Myth and Literature
Erotic Irony and Mythic Forms in the Art of Thomas Mann
Select Bibliography of the Works of Joseph Campbell
Reading List for Joseph Campbell's Class on Mythology at Sarah Lawrence College
Endnotes

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