"I consider this, as his other books, of outstanding importance and scholarship, clarity and depth. I believe that anyone truly interested in the sience of man
will find these books a wealth of data, penetratingly analyzed and written in such a way that he has the chance of digesting them in his own manner."
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.
Talk about clearing up His-Story! This book sure crumbles the myths. It's very dense reading but well worth it
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The Masks of God, volume 3.
Campbell turns his eye to the Western portion of the Old World, to Classical, Celtic, Norse, Zoroastrian, Jewish, Christian and Islamic... Read more
'￼Occidental Mythology', to say it coarsely, renders the murder culture eventually comprehensive. It is Joseph Campbell’s merit to have unveiled Isis a second time, after her first... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dr. Peter Fritz Walter
Essential for understanding religion as it pertains within psychological subject matter and anthropology... Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by Mike. No. 6
I asked for Occidental Mythology; I received Primitive Mythology. Oh well. Better luck next time, you know what I mean?Published on May 16, 2013 by Jeremy E. Tarr
This book is an impressive accomplishment. It examines the history of the various cultures of the western world through their myths, as expressed in their art, worship, and... Read morePublished on May 13, 2013 by Steve M.
i bought the first 3 volumes. I like them all, interesting and easy to read. Another great work of Joseph CampbellPublished on April 28, 2013 by C. S. Nunez