The Power of Myth

The Power of Myth

Book - 1991
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The national bestseller, now available in a non-illustrated, standard format paperback edition

The Power of Myth launched an extraordinary resurgence of interest in Joseph Campbell and his work. A preeminent scholar, writer, and teacher, he has had a profound influence on millions of people--including Star Wars creator George Lucas. To Campbell, mythology was the "song of the universe, the music of the spheres." With Bill Moyers, one of America's most prominent journalists, as his thoughtful and engaging interviewer, The Power of Myth touches on subjects from modern marriage to virgin births, from Jesus to John Lennon, offering a brilliant combination of intelligence and wit.

This extraordinary book reveals how the themes and symbols of ancient narratives continue to bring meaning to birth, death, love, and war. From stories of the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece and Rome to traditions of Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity, a broad array of themes are considered that together identify the universality of human experience across time and culture. An impeccable match of interviewer and subject, a timeless distillation of Campbell's work, The Power of Myth continues to exert a profound influence on our culture.

Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Anchor Books, 1991, c1988.
Edition: First Anchor Books edition
ISBN: 9780385418867
Characteristics: xx, 293 pages ;,21 cm.


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Aug 06, 2018

Joseph Campbell’s most popular work finally in print form available at this library. Took long enough. Mainly taken from the PBS Series of the same name this is a remarkable journey through not only Campbell’s life but also everyone else’s life because he is able to tie us all into a continuous narrative of myth. One of the books that should be on everyone’s bucket list.

SnoIsleLib_AbbyR May 30, 2017

When people ask me to name a book that influenced my life, this is the first one to come to mind. Campbell has a wealth of knowledge about the religious beliefs and customs of the world - indeed, he was the authority on such topics for decades - and his discussions in this book with Bill Moyers are profound and moving. His ability to contextualize beliefs around the world brings great depth to their discussions, and Campbell is just as likely to reference major religions like Judaism as he is to reference the spiritual practices of African or Islander tribes. For anyone going on a spiritual exploration, this book is a must-read (and the audio recordings are also a great way to read the book.)

Jan 05, 2016

This book contains bits and pieces they couldn't include in the PBS special. Very engaging material, and on a personal level I must say that this book combined with the video absolutely changed my life and gave me much needed spiritual guidance. I think this book is so important for anyone undergoing a spiritual crisis.

Jan 02, 2015

This book is a must read for any curious mind. Campbell finds and elaborates on the common threads in all the stories, religions and daily human struggles we face.
Campbell, while having an outstanding top level view of everything, has a flaw in that he lacks a deeper understanding of practical faith in any of the one stories he talks about.
He is so certain in his (lets be honest) "loose" connections that he forgets a large majority of the world are changed by the fact there is literal life changing belief in the stories he merely talks about as human invention.
While I appreciate his open mindedness on the greater picture, he is ignorant to the fact some of these stories might actually be true! Walking through life thinking all literature is a myth is not actually open minded at all, it's simply dogmatism in a new form.
Unless Campbell is God himself, how could he know the truth about everything like he claims too?
I have fact checked a few stories and things he talked about in the book, and he is not accurate. I am not sure why this is? But some of his major arguments are based on wrong facts.

Jul 13, 2012

A curious book, this. I picked it up in an off-hand fashion having vaguely heard it would be interesting. Glad to find out that it was immensely mind-blowing. A much needed breath of fresh air in our currently overheated Science Vs Religion climate, this book does a great service in not only explaing the differences (or lack thereoff) between myths, but it also does a stumper of a job on exploring the core of mythology. I was raised as a Christian, am now an atheist, and frankly speaking never heard such clear-headed thinking on beliefs from either sides of the aisle ever. No matter your religious slant, this book is utterly essential. Read the right way it will strengthen your own faith in leaps and bounds.

Dec 30, 2011


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