A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living

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Joseph Campbell Foundation, 2011 - Religion
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One of Joseph Campbell's most popular, most quoted works, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living is a treasure trove of insight and inspiration, thought-provoking in its depth, poetic in its scope.Drawn from a month-long workshop at the world-famous Esalen Institute held in celebration of the scholar's eightieth birthday, the Companion captures Campbell at his best: wise, funny, intelligent and inspiring.

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User Review  - DrY - LibraryThing

A decent introduction to Joseph Campbell's thinking. There were sections that the reader should skim through as fast as possible to avoid nodding off. Read full review

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I think the title of this book is a little misleading. A reader's "companion" typically consists of annotations, information tangential to and explanatory of the work in question. The subtitle ... Read full review


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Joseph Campbell was born in White Plains, New York on March 26, 1904. He received a B.A. in English literature in 1925 and an M.A. in Medieval literature in 1927 from Columbia University. He was awarded a Proudfit Traveling Fellowship to continue his studies at the University of Paris. After he had received and rejected an offer to teach at his high school alma mater, his Fellowship was renewed, and he traveled to Germany to resume his studies at the University of Munich. During the year he was housemaster of Canterbury School, he sold his first short story, Strictly Platonic, to Liberty magazine. In 1934, he accepted a position in the literature department at Sarah Lawrence College, a post he would retain until retiring in 1972. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 40 books including The Hero with a Thousand Faces, The Mythic Image, the four-volume The Masks of God, and The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers. During the 1940s and 1950s, he collaborated with Swami Nikhilananda on translations of the Upanishads and The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. He received several awards including National Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Contributions to Creative Literature and the 1985 National Arts Club Gold Medal of Honor in Literature. He died after a brief struggle with cancer on October 30, 1987.

Robert Walter served as Joseph Campbell's editor through the last decade of his life, and has led the Joseph Campbell Foundation since its founding in 1990.

The Joseph Campbell Foundation was founded in 1990 to preserve, protect, and perpetuate the work of Joseph Campbell.