The Hero with a Thousand Faces

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New World Library, 2008 - Psychology - 418 pages
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Since its release in 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbell's revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology. In these pages, Campbell outlines the Hero's Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually all of the world's mythic traditions. He also explores the Cosmogonic Cycle, the mythic pattern of world creation and destruction.

As part of the Joseph Campbell Foundation's Collected Works of Joseph Campbell, this third edition features expanded illustrations, a comprehensive bibliography, and more accessible sidebars.

As relevant today as when it was first published, The Hero with a Thousand Faces continues to find new audiences in fields ranging from religion and anthropology to literature and film studies. The book has also profoundly influenced creative artists?including authors, songwriters, game designers, and filmmakers?and continues to inspire all those interested in the inherent human need to tell stories.

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The book has a great foundation of truth to it. I think its a great notion but really, what the hero stories which are told are, are explanations and / or stories to ones wife or family where they have been all day, week, month, pr years. Embellishments turn into epics within generations. The really good ones turn into movies and great one win Oscars. 

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I personally discovered this book decades after I had experienced traveling randomly through Europe and North Africa, also the Camino de Compostela...I had kept journals in those journeys and I was amazed by the connection of the incidents that happened to me with respect to the "pattern of events" the sequence on the hero's journey, the meeting with mentors, enemies, friends, tokens given to the traveler to continue the road, joy and sorrows, inside the belly of
the whale...all those points were clearly outlined in my diaries..which came to teach me that this Book by campbell is some sort of cosmic guideline...


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Joseph Campbell, (1904-1987) wrote, among other books, the classics The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Inner Reaches of Outer Space, and The Masks of God. A prolific writer, lecturer, and scholar of art, history, religion, and culture, he taught at Sarah Lawrence College.

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