The Hero With A Thousand Faces

The Hero With A Thousand Faces

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Discusses the universal legend of the hero in world mythology, focusing on the motif of the hero's journey through adventure and transformation.

Perseus Publishing
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.

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 Joseph Campbell Foundation is endeavoring to publish the collected works of mythographer Campbell (1904-87). As part of that series, here is his popular work finding a common pattern in disparate myths throughout the world and the ages. It was first published in 1949 by Pantheon Books, and again in 1968 by Princeton University Press. This third edition includes updated and expanded notes, enhanced illustrations, and 60 new illustrations. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A new expanded edition of the classic work on comparative mythology amasses the characteristics exemplified by mythological heroes and religious leaders of all centuries and cultures into a unified whole as it outlines the Hero's Journey as a universal motif of adventure running through all of the world's mythic traditions. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: Novato, Calif. : New World Library, c2008.
Edition: 3rd ed.
ISBN: 9781577315933
1577315936
Characteristics: xiii, 418 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.

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" ' Figure 18. SATURN SWALLOWING HIS CHILDREN; Figure 27. CREATION (detail; fresco, Italy, A.D. 1508-1512 ); Figure 32. BODHISATTVA (temple banner, Tibet, nineteenth century A.D. )' " "One of the most powerful and beloved of the Bodhisattvas of the Mahayana Buddhism of Tibet, China, and Japan is the Lotus Bearer, AVALOKITESHVARA. He regards with compassion all sentient creatures suffering the evils of existence. To him go perhaps more prayers per minute than any other divinity known to man." " ' Figure 45a. Gorgon-Sister pursuing Perseus, Who Is Fleeing with the head of Medusa (red-figure amphora, Greece, fifth century B.C. ); Figure 45b. Perseus fleeing with the Head of Medusa in His Wallet (red-figure amphora, Greece, fifth-century B.C. )." "The hero is the champion of things becoming, not of things become, because he is. He does not mistake apparent changelessness in time for the permanence of Being, nor is he fearful of the next moment (or of the 'other thing'), as destroying the permanent with its change. 'Nothing retains its own form; but nature, the greater renewer, ever makes up forms from forms. Be sure there's nothing perishes in the whole universe; it does but vary and renew its form.' "

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sylviebryant
Apr 01, 2019

Recommended by The Do Lectures "Stay Curious" book.
Seminal Hero's Journey (as learned in Gr 9 Drama)

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Liber_vermis
Nov 12, 2018

The PBS series "The Power of Myth" brought Campbell's understanding of myths to a wider public audience. Forty years after he wrote "The Hero with a Thousand Faces", Campbell saw the contemporary mythology as global as, perhaps, exemplified by Superman and Luke Skywalker.

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dpatel
Aug 24, 2018

Very good

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milirick
Aug 07, 2018

Unfortunately the library only has one copy of his book and this copy wasn’t available for some time. This is Joseph Campbell’s titular work regarding the hero motif that is found in most cultures and religious traditions. Hence, the title of the book, but what Campbell tried to understand is why humanity relies on heroes and craves heroes. This book is relavant today as we see so many nations want a hero to save them in some way.

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mihania
May 07, 2018

Recommended by Ray Dalio in book Principles

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13k
May 06, 2016

Just what I was looking for!

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1aa
Nov 20, 2014

A modern classic of scholarship, without resorting to obscurity. Provides a plausible theory to comprehend myths from all traditions.

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dpatel
Feb 11, 2012

Excellent. Unravels the real you behind the masks that you continuosly wear, consciously or unconsciously until it it is too late.

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Liber_vermis
Nov 11, 2018

[Written shortly after the Second World War, Campbell says] " ... The community today is the planet, not the bounded nation ... The national idea, with the flag as totem ... the patriots whose ubiquitous photographs, draped with flags, serve as official icons - are precisely the local threshold guardians ... whom it is the first problem of the hero to surpass. (p. 359) ... a transmutation of the whole social order is necessary, so that through every detail and act of secular life the vitalizing image of the universal god-man who is actually immanent ... in all of us may be somehow made known to consciousness. (p. 360) ... "LIve,", Nietzsche says, "as though the day were here." It is not society that is to guide and save the creative hero, but precisely the reverse. ... everyone of us shares the supreme ordeal ... (p. 362).

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