Synopses & Reviews
In what amounts to Campbells only spiritual autobiography, this beautifully crafted collection of conversations, interviews, and outtakes from the The Heros Journey documentary reveals and illuminates Campbells personal and intellectual journey. Warm and relaxed, Campbell is first seen sipping Glenlivet and encouraging his mentee, Cousineau. Then, as described by Publishers Weekly, the book ranges widely, from Cro-Magnon art to Arthurian legend
as it follows Campbell from his Catholic boyhood and early interest in American Indians to his years in Paris and Munich.” Readers listen in as he meets Jung (who discusses the meaning of the Hindu syllable, Om”); hear Campbell quip, if marriage isnt a first priority in your life, youre not married”; and learn the genesis of Campbells trademark, follow your bliss.” As Richard Adams wrote, it reveals at every turn fresh aspects of his genius, wisdom, and understanding.”
This much acclaimed work takes readers through Campbell's (1904-1987)personal spiritual and scholarly journey as he explores and compares mythology, religion, literature, and world cultures. The re-releasecelebrates what would have been the author's 100th birthday in 2004. In a brief new introduction, author and screenwriter Cousineaudiscusses Campbell's continuing impact on individuals from every walk of life. This is a paperbound reprint of the 2003 clothbound edition.Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Joseph Campbell, arguably the greatest mythologist of the twentieth century, was certainly one of our greatest storytellers. This masterfully crafted book interweaves conversations between Campbell and some of the people he inspired, including poet Robert Bly, anthropologist Angeles Arrien, filmmaker David Kennard, Doors drummer John Densmore, psychiatric pioneer Stanislov Grof, Nobel laureate Roger Guillemen, and others. Campbell reflects on subjects ranging from the origins and functions of myth, the role of the artist, and the need for ritual to the ordeals of love and romance. With poetry and humor, Campbell recounts his own quest and conveys the excitement of his lifelong exploration of our mythic traditions, what he called the one great story of mankind.”
About the Author
(19041987) is widely credited with bringing mythology to a mass audience. His works, including the four-volume The Masks of God
and The Power of Myth
(with Bill Moyers), rank among the classics in mythology and literature.
Phil Cousineau is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, teacher and editor, lecturer and travel leader, storyteller and TV host. He has written and co-written numerous books on religion, travel, and mythology, including The Art of Pilgrimage and Once and Future Myths. He lives in San Francisco.
Stuart L. Brown was the executive producer of (and driving force behind) the popular documentary film The Hero's Journey: The World of Joseph Campbell. He lives in Northern California.