The Flight of the Wild Gander by Joseph Campbell

The Flight of the Wild Gander by Joseph Campbell

In The Flight of the Wild Gander, renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell explores the individual and geographical origins of myth, outlining the full range of mythology from Grimm’s fairy tales to Native American legends. Originally published in 1969, this first collection of Campbell’s essays describes the symbolic content of stories: how they are linked to human experience and how they—along with our experiences—have changed over time. Throughout, Campbell explores the function of mythology in everyday life and the forms it may take in the future. Included are two of Campbell’s first groundbreaking essays: “Bios and Mythos” and “Primitive Man As Metaphysician,” both of which examine the biological basis and necessity for… Read More

Asian Journals: India and Japan by Joseph Campbell

Asian Journals - India and Japan by Joseph Campbell

Following a chance meeting with Jiddu Krishnamurti on a transatlantic steamship in 1924, Joseph Campbell became fascinated in the religions and philosophies of Asia, and in particular with those found in India. Later on, from late 1954 through to 1955, he took a sabbatical and travelled to India, Southeast Asia, and Japan studying their cultures and traditions at first hand. Throughout his time abroad he kept an extensive and detailed handwritten journal/personal diary with the intention of it possibly being published at a later date. Campbell’s journals were indeed published but in two parts;Baksheesh & Brahman and Sake & Satori and only after his death in 1987. They have now… Read More

The Ecstasy of Being by Joseph Campbell

The Ecstasy of Being by Joseph Campbell

Many know Joseph Campbell as the charming, erudite, best-professor-you-ever-had figure chatting with Bill Moyers in the The Power of Myth series. But Campbell’s posthumously published Collected Works (500,000 copies sold) reveal a perhaps unsuspected range of interests and knowledge. The Ecstasy of Being is a prime example. Modern dance was the profession of Campbell’s wife, Jean Erdman, and the project the pair collaborated on when Campbell retired from teaching and the couple formed their Theater of the Open Eye. In these writings Campbell explores the rise of modern art and dance in the 20th century; delves into the work and philosophy of Isadora Duncan; and, as ever, probes the idea… Read More

The Mythic Dimension: Selected Essays 1959-1987 by Joseph Campbell

The Mythic Dimension: Selected Essays 1959-1987 (Collected Works of Joseph Campbell)

Between the years of 1959 and 1987 when he died, Joseph Campbell published three of his most acclaimed works. These were The Masks of God, The Mythic Image and the Historical Atlas of World Mythology. During this period he also wrote in greater detail about some of the subjects that he only lightly covered in those works. Some of these expanded ideas he published as essays and these appeared in several small-circulation magazines and journals whilst others appeared as introductions or chapters in others’ books. The Collection The best of Campbell’s essays from this period have been collected together and are included in The Mythic Dimension: Selected Essays 1959-1987. Edited… Read More

Mythic Worlds, Modern Words by Joseph Campbell

Mythic Worlds, Modern Words by Joseph Campbell

Following his death, Joseph Campbell (1904 – 1987) left behind a large body of work that contained his ground-breaking research into the world of universal myths and symbols. In 1991 the Joseph Campbell Foundation was formed specifically to protect and preserve this work and over the years much of it has been edited and compiled for publication and been released to a new generation of students of mythology. A French Connection In 1927 Campbell, who at the time was a twenty-three-year-old postgraduate scholar living in Paris, discovered the works of Irish writer James Joyce and in particular his 1922 modernist novel <em<Ulysses. Ulysses had first appeared in 1918 when it… Read More

Romance of the Grail: The Magic and Mystery of Arthurian Myth by Joseph Campbell (Ed. Evans Lansing Smith)

Romance of the Grail: The Magic and Mystery of Arthurian Myth by Joseph Campbell (Ed. Evans Lansing Smith)

It was way back in 1976, when Evans Lansing Smith was a twenty-six year old spiritual seeker, that he first worked with Joseph Campbell during a two-week field-trip around Northern France investigating the Arthurian romances of the Middle Ages. Smith could hardly have realized, whilst a young man, that his time spent travelling with Campbell, listening to his stories regarding the Arthurian legends, would ultimately lead him to travel a path in life so closely tied to his mentor’s unique and ground-breaking research into many classic mythological themes. Following Campbell’s death in 1987, his extensive collection of written works, research notes, diaries, articles, letters and other important material were transferred… Read More

The Parliament of Poets by Frederick Glaysher

The Parliament of Poets by Frederick Glaysher

In this modern technological world where contemporary spiritual ideas can be shared with the world through the click of a button, it is important not to forget that, for thousands of years, most mythological and metaphysical traditions and concepts were shared through oral traditions. These included story-telling, prose and poetry—all of which naturally invite the narrator to engage with their audience in dynamic and energizing ways. One of the great traditions of story telling is the ‘epic’—a lengthy poem, although not one that necessarily rhymes, which generally tells the story of some supreme challenge for a hero. While not a favored method of story-telling in this televisual age, the epic… Read More