The Masks of God: Creative Mythology, Volume 4

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Arkana, 1991 - Social Science - 730 pages
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This volume explores the whole inner story of modern culture since the Dark Ages, treating modern man's unique position as the creator of his own mythology.

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Review: Primitive Mythology (The Masks of God #1)

User Review  - Patricia Seagrove - Goodreads

The material campbell reviews is outdated. However, he presents a clear outline of what shaped our religious beginnings and I can't see how any new material could reshape it. Read full review

Review: Primitive Mythology (The Masks of God #1)

User Review  - sologdin - Goodreads

nothing schematic in this series (perhaps unlike the more famous texts), which concerns more the working out of historical particulars--though one might discern readily enough the monomyth thesis ... Read full review


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About the author (1991)

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.

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