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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; 3rd edition (July 28 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577315936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577315933
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
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Joseph Campbell was an American author and teacher best known for his work in the field of comparative mythology. He was born in New York City in 1904, and from early childhood he became interested in mythology. He loved to read books about American Indian cultures and frequently visited the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where he was fascinated by the museum’s collection of totem poles. Campbell was educated at Columbia University, where he specialized in medieval literature, and, after earning a master’s degree, continued his studies at universities in Paris and Munich. Throughout his life, he traveled extensively and wrote prolifically, authoring many books, including the four-volume series The Masks of God, Myths to Live By, The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, and A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake. Campbell died in 1987. In 1988, a series of television interviews with Bill Moyers, The Power of Myth, introduced his views to millions of people. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.


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The book is exhaustively researched, and full of rich detail. This said, I think Campbell could have summarized his points more often, and more effectively. Hence; it is easy to get lost in the minutiae. I would recommend the book for anyone interested in digging deeply into the psychological basis of mythology. On that score it is unparalleled

If the reader is interested in applying mythology to writing, Chritopher Vogler's book "The Writer's Journey" is more focused. This book covers the same territory, wihin a workable structure, showing how to apply mythology to contemporary writing. Then again, if you have the time, read them both. Cheers,
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By Tami Brady HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on Oct. 9 2008
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The Hero with a Thousand Faces is the work that first introduced me to Joseph Campbell. It was then and continues to be one of my favorite books of all time. Each time I read this valuable resource, I uncover another layer of usefulness. This time, I was specifically looking at how the cycle of the Hero's Journey directly related to the cycle of healing.

The Hero with a Thousand Faces presents Campbell's Hero's Journey. By looking at mythology worldwide, he noticed some very significant similarities in the journeys taken by the hero or heroine of these stories, hence the cycle. In this work, Campbell presents a number of snippets from different myths showing that indeed such a pattern exists. Indeed, it is a template still used by the best pieces of fiction and some of the most memorable movies.

The Hero with a Thousand Faces is a must have for anyone the least bit interested in mythology as well as every psychologist, writer, and healer on the planet. This is one of those books that quickly becomes dog-eared with consistent reuse.
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Well, I thought this was a different one of Campbell's books so realized after it came, it is more of a reference book for teachers or therapists or writers. A good book to have on hand, however. I am very interested in symbolic things, and archetypes in particular.
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If you are a writer, you should have this book on your book shelf.
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