The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work (2020)

The Hero s Journey Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work In what amounts to Campbell s only spiritual autobiography this beautifully crafted collection of conversations interviews and outtakes from the The Hero s Journey documentary reveals and illuminat
  • Title: The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work
  • Author: Joseph Campbell Phil Cousineau Stuart L. Brown
  • ISBN: 9781608681891
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work
    In what amounts to Campbell s only spiritual autobiography, this beautifully crafted collection of conversations, interviews, and outtakes from the The Hero s Journey documentary reveals and illuminates Campbell s personal and intellectual journey Warm and relaxed, Campbell is first seen sipping Glenlivet and encouraging his mentee, Cousineau Then, as described by PublisIn what amounts to Campbell s only spiritual autobiography, this beautifully crafted collection of conversations, interviews, and outtakes from the The Hero s Journey documentary reveals and illuminates Campbell s personal and intellectual journey Warm and relaxed, Campbell is first seen sipping Glenlivet and encouraging his mentee, Cousineau Then, as described by Publishers Weekly, the book ranges widely, from Cro Magnon art to Arthurian legend as it follows Campbell from his Catholic boyhood and early interest in American Indians to his years in Paris and Munich Readers listen in as he meets Jung who discusses the meaning of the Hindu syllable, Om hear Campbell quip, if marriage isn t a first priority in your life, you re not married and learn the genesis of Campbell s trademark, follow your bliss As Richard Adams wrote, it reveals at every turn fresh aspects of his genius, wisdom, and understanding.
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    1. Having listened to dozens of hours of Campbell lectures in addition to reading several of his books, it s clear to me that Campbell is a much effective speaker than writer It may not be clear to audiences chiefly familiar with Campbell through the PBS series The Power of Myth but he is a prodigious scholar of immense learning and insight This book is a delightful and fascinating collection of interview excerpts strung together to tell his biography, illuminated with the occasional digression in [...]

    2. There are some great bits in this but there is also some appallingly sexist moments.He did some great work looking at the Hero s journey from the point of view of a man, and what he wrote was seminal, but he just didn t see stories that had women s journeys, maybe because they weren t recorded, maybe because, in the past, it was important for a woman to remain at home and keep the next generation stable and continuing than go on a journey The biggest problem is that now, this is the monomyth, t [...]

    3. Excerpts from interviews have Joseph Campbell in conversation with others inspired by him.Read in preparation for a course I m doing in spiritual phyto essencing based on the theme of the hero s journey.Will follow up with The Hero with a Thousand Faces, his theory of the archetypal hero in ancient mythology.

    4. More inspiration for writers Also Star Wars source Note I m pretty sure Asimov s Foundation series was also a huge influence to GL.

    5. This book is largely a collection of transcribed interviews with Joseph Campbell This is a benefit given that he is so much affecting as a speaker than he is as a writer He gets to the heart of the matter in spoken word while his writing can be a bit opaque and scholastic This volume attempts to map out Campbells life according the monomyth, or hero s journey, formally dividing the chapters into each major step of the way the call to adventure, the road of trials, etc It was a clever thought bu [...]

    6. I ve been wanting to read this book for a long time, and I wasn t disappointed True to Campbell s other works, the depth of discussion about various topics that his life s work was involved in myth, mythologies, stories, roles, rituals, etc was outstanding.But the formatting of the book threw me it s a collection of snippets of conversations between Campbell and the many poets and psychiatrists and even filmmakers who he inspired with his extensive work on the world s mythologies I m not sure I [...]

    7. Included because I m a writer, so I need to know everything I can about the meaning, the origin, the potential of story I was about to say, and this is a seminal work , but I realised there is no female parallel This is an ovate work Just doesn t work OK It s a seminal work, but I m not sure I like that phrase.

    8. A wonderful collection of interview with Campbell Organized by the motif of the hero s journey Reveals personal history of Campbell, as well as his attitude toward his experiences and his continual mythological understanding of all around him Additionally, the epilogue contains a priceless tale.

    9. Another good book I ve read a couple of times It names common structural elements found universally in myths, fairy tales, dreams, and movies The author uses movies to defend his philosophy A must in a writer s library.

    10. Sooner or later all of us will have to face and go through our own Hero Journey whether we like it or not We may try to avoid it as long as we can I did

    11. Read this in college It was very inspiring to me at the time Still is in many ways The video series by Bill Moyers is fascinating as well.

    12. I consider Joseph Cambelll one of my spiritual fathers I ve read or watched everything he wrote or videotaped ADORE.

    13. I ve just re read this book for the umpteenth time a real classic that would definitely be on my desert island list.

    14. One has to love Campbell This book informs about his personal life, not as a biography, but about what has mattered to him in his own journey The book consists of a lot of interview segments with a wide variety of interviewers I definitely enjoyed getting a sense for the man behind the curtain , as it were, but overall the book felt a bit too meandering for me I prefer his other books, which are much focused.

    15. I bought this extremely handsome volume at the Salvation Army for 4.00 which is slightly over priced At 2.00 it would have been a true bargain.The book is a compilation of transcripts of interviews done for a PBS documentary on Joseph Campbell that aired in 1988 In other words it is a gift item rather than a true book As such, however, it is very well done The photographs of Campbell taken at various stages in his life will please any Campbell The selection of illustrations showing art objects r [...]

    16. So close, but yet so far CS Lewis looks at myth and, by the grace of God, has his heart prepared for the Gospel by some of its patterns Joseph Campbell is just as intrigued and perceptive but expresses himself throughout his post Catholic life as an adversary of the Gospel s exclusive claims As Elton Trueblood wrote, the same sun that softens the wax hardens the clay.As much of this work takes place before the end of Joseph Campbell s life after he has experienced much acclaim for his viewpoint, [...]

    17. This is a truly magnificent work that blends an overarching biographical format with a wide range insightful content It is primarily a series of interview excerpts with Joseph Campbell and does a good job of maintaining a lively, conversational tone to the deep and meaningful topics being discussed For those unfamiliar with Campbell s major works, this book will be useful as a powerful introduction to who he was and his ideas It is an immensely enjoyable read that will teach the reader much abou [...]

    18. Some great parallels in here between Campbell s life and the hero s journey It s surprising to discover he got 4 years to himself to read day and night during the great depression Makes one wonder how and how much it influenced who he came to be Campbell has a piece of advice for the hero Learn a craft , learn a job And the depth of that simple statement is beautiful.

    19. This book is a series interview transcripts taken from Campbell s last lecture tour A fascinating look at his work, his influences and general remininces There is a lot of insight into the man and what influenced him The book provides much food for thought, as well as providing a starting point for exploration.

    20. Companion to the movie The Hero s Journey The World of Joseph Campbell It s a collection of transcripts and outtakes from that movie Interesting stuff Overly intellectual at times at least for me If you haven t studied mythology religion philosophy and if you don t know the works of the big people in these fields you get lost sometimes.

    21. One of the most interesting books I ve ever read I had to for a college course, and I occasionally think about some of the insight this book provides It offers much than just learning about the hero s journey as it relates to what you see in fiction.

    22. I first read this in 1991 or 1992 this new version did not have the color plates, so I have retained my older copy From A Reader s Journal, by d r melbie.12 11 10 Note Good place to start if you are not familiar with Campbell.

    23. What myth are you living.e transparentcy of transendence totally thought evoking and well, follow your bliss remembering and reconnecting to that which you did in childhood that took you out of time

    24. I have been fascinated with the concept of the Monomyth since I first learned about it over a decade ago I saw this book in the library the other day, and thought it would be interesting to read about the man who was even obsessed with our fictional heroes than I am.

    25. Inspirational and visionary, this study combines many of the archetypal patterns and re formats them into educational jargon The focus slants toward organizational materials than for classrooms though Still, the insights provided were beneficial.

    26. I enjoy Campbell s analysis and will read much by him, I just make sure to have reference books, and a computer near me to fully understand what he is referencing I m definitely boning up on my mythology because I m now much interested in the subject.

    27. A very interesting set of interviews conducted in the 1980 s for a documentary on Campbell It s worth reading just to know how many storytellers he influenced and why including George Lucas with Star Wars.

    28. Wonderful book This will be added to books I read every year I ll also make my own hero chart and see how I change from year to year.

    29. Disjointed and self congratulatory Lots of fawning and name dropping Rambling explanations and poor writing.

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