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

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Provocative and personal writings on mythology, culture, and modern life by our century's foremost interpreter and teacher of myth.

Gathered together here for the first time are twelve eclectic,far-ranging, and brilliant essays exploring myth in all its dimensions:its history; its influence on art, literature, and culture; and its role in everyday life. Written at the height of Joseph Campbell's career -- and showcasing the lively and learned intelligence that made him thepremier writer on mythology of our times -- these essays investigatethe profound links between myth and history, the arts, and modern life.From psychology to the occult, from Thomas Mann to the Grateful Dead, from Goddess spirituality to Freud and Jung, these playful anderudite writings reveal the threads of myth woven deeply into thefabric of our culture and our lives.

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John Campbell (1904-1987) wrote, among other works, 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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“Campbell has become one of the rarest of intellectuals in American life: a serious thinker who has been embraced by the popular culture.”
Newsweek

“No one in our century―not Freud, not Thomas Mann, not Lévi-Strauss―has so brought the mythical sense of the world and its eternal figures back into our everyday consciousness.”
― James Hillman

“In our generation the mythographer who has had the fullest command of the huge scholarly literature, the analytic ability, the lucid prose, and the needed staying power has been Joseph Campbell.”
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“Accordingly the vision and the visionary, though apparently separate, are one; and all the heavens, all the hells, all the gods and demons, all the figures of the mythic worlds, are within us as portions of ourselves―portions, that is to say, that are of our deepest, primary nature, and thus of our share in nature. They are out there as well as in here, yet, in this field of consciousness, without separation. Our personal dreams are our personal guides, therefore, to the ranges of myth and of the gods. Dreams are our personal myths; myths, the general dream.”
― Joseph Campbell, from The Mythic Dimension

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