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…

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Asian Journals: India and Japan by Joseph Campbell

Asian Journals - India and Japan by Joseph Campbell

At the beginning of his career, Joseph Campbell developed a lasting fascination with the cultures of the Far East, and explorations of Buddhist and Hindu philosophy later became recurring motifs in his vast body of work. However, Campbell had to wait until middle age to visit the lands that inspired him so deeply. In 1954, he took a sabbatical from his teaching position and embarked on a yearlong voyage through India, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and finally Japan. Asian Journals combines the two hardcover editions of Campbell’s journals,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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