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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 heigh ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 7th 1997 by HarperOne (first published 1997)
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Nikki
Dec 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The only thing that prevented me from wholeheartedly loving every page of this text as with all previous Campbell texts I have read was the section, and then later reflection, on numerology. A brief synopsis of his conclusions on the continual re-appearance of “432” across time and culture would have sufficed. Though the historicity was compelling, Campbell’s writing style was more scientific here than in his other sections and other texts. This is, of course, because of the presence of mathemat ...more
Tami
Apr 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you have any sort of interest in mythology, then you have heard of Joseph Campbell. His works such as The Hero's Journey and Myths of Light are required reading for university studies. His presentation of the cycle of the hero is absolutely legendary. He is one of my absolute favorite authors.

When a copy of The Mythic Dimension arrived at my door for me to review, I was thrilled. This book reprints a variety of Campbell's essays and articles, originally published between 1959 and 1987. Among
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Meg
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This summation of a comparative mythology class as an introduction to cross-cultural studies (largely within the collegiate system of over fifty year ago) was incredibly interesting. As an avid fan of mythology and anthropology, this gave me a few pointers in refining my own self-directed lessons and an unique perspective on schooling from a bygone era. Definitely worth a read!!
David Melbie
Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Joe's fans only!
Recommended to David by: I'm a big fan.
Finally! It has been three years since a [new] release of Joe's works. What's the holdup? Of course, this was my second reading of these essays and I am very fond of this collection. . . had to pack it up -- we're moving!
Picked it up again on February 10, 2009. --From A Reader's Journal, by d r melbie.
Mark Bissell
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book found me in a charity bookshop some months ago. I was deleighted because I'd recently become aware of Joseph Campbell in the context of background to some writing I have been engaged in. The book was in excellent condition but a cursory glance at the first few pages seemed disappointing and it stank of nicotine, so I fanned the pages, wafted it with air fresher and set it aside for another day.

That day came recently during lockdown for Covid-19. I started, as is sometimes my way, at th
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Mike
Nov 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a religion is demythologized, when believers see a historical figure rather than a symbol, that’s when a religion ceases to be viable, closing minds instead of opening them. Campbell’s essays are all about remythologizing religion, about recognizing God as “a metaphor for that which transcends all levels of intellectual thought.”
Matt
Apr 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of Campbell essays, probably only for diehard fans of his, which I obviously am.
Ian Hulstein
This was an okay collection but not really anything new or necessary. Several of the chapters were lifted directly from other works, and over half the essays felt like literal repeats of the chapter that came before. Same metaphors referenced, same quotations used, same explanations with minor adjustments on Campbell's theories. Considering that these are largely the transcripts of some of his lectures given over the years it makes sense for them to be so similar, but it feels like a bit of a mo ...more
Soren Kerk
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
always good to re-visit Campbell
Rae Coleman
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic!!!!!
Shishir
Though full of interesting backdrops and vast spectrum of global myths, the writing seemed too detailed and the overly academic language made this book hard to finish
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Joseph Campbell was an American author and teacher best known for his work in the field of comparative mythology. He was born in New York City in 1904, and from early childhood he became interested in mythology. He loved to read books about American Indian cultures, and frequently visited the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where he was fascinated by the museum's collection of tote ...more

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