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Hero with a Thousand Faces

ISBN-10: 0691017840
ISBN-13: 9780691017846
Edition: 2nd 1972 (Revised)
Authors: Joseph Campbell
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Description: Joseph Campbell's classic cross-cultural study of the hero's journey has inspired millions and opened up new areas of research and exploration. Originally published in 1949, the book hit the New York Times best-seller list in 1988 when it became the  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1972
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 3/21/1972
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Joseph Campbell's classic cross-cultural study of the hero's journey has inspired millions and opened up new areas of research and exploration. Originally published in 1949, the book hit the New York Times best-seller list in 1988 when it became the subject of The Power of Myth, a PBS television special. Now, this legendary volume, re-released in honor of the 100th anniversary of the author's birth, promises to capture the imagination of a new generation of readers.The first popular work to combine the spiritual and psychological insights of modern psychoanalysis with the archetypes of world mythology, the book creates a roadmap for navigating the frustrating path of contemporary life. Examining heroic myths in the light of modern psychology, it considers not only the patterns and stages of mythology but also its relevance to our lives today--and to the life of any person seeking a fully realized existence.Myth, according to Campbell, is the projection of a culture's dreams onto a large screen; Campbell's book, like Star Wars, the film it helped inspire, is an exploration of the big-picture moments from the stage that is our world. Offered for the first time with beautifully restored illustrations and a bibliography of cited works, it provides unparalleled insight into world mythology from diverse cultures. It is a must-have resource for both experienced students of mythology and the explorer just beginning to approach myth as a source of knowledge.

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.

List of Figures
List of Plates
Preface to the 1949 Edition
Introduction to the 2004 Commemorative Edition
Acknowledgments
Prologue: The Monomyth
Myth and Dream
Tragedy and Comedy
The Hero and the God
The World Navel
The Adventure of the Hero
Departure
The Call to Adventure
Refusal of the Call
Supernatural Aid
The Crossing of the First Threshold
The Belly of the Whale
Initiation
The Road of Trials
The Meeting with the Goddess
Woman as the Temptress
Atonement with the Father
Apotheosis
The Ultimate Boon
Return
Refusal of the Return
The Magic Flight
Rescue from Without
The Crossing of the Return Threshold
Master of the Two Worlds
Freedom to Live
The Keys
The Cosmogonic Cycle
Emanations
From Psychology to Metaphysics
The Universal Round
Out of the Void-Space
Within Space-Life
The Breaking of the One into the Manifold
Folk Stories of Creation
The Virgin Birth
Mother Universe
Matrix of Destiny
Womb of Redemption
Folk Stories of Virgin Motherhood
Transformations of the Hero
The Primordial Hero and the Human
Childhood of the Human Hero
The Hero as Warrior
The Hero as Lover
The Hero as Emperor and as Tyrant
The Hero as World Redeemer
The Hero as Saint
Departure of the Hero
Dissolutions
End of the Microcosm
End of the Macrocosm
Epilogue: Myth and Society
The Shapeshifter
The Function of Myth, Cult, and Meditation
The Hero Today
Bibliography
Index

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