In this compelling and influential work, Joseph Campbell scours the myths of the world to reveal the characteristics common to heroes from all cultures and periods.
Mankind has always used fantastical stories as a weapon against fear and ignorance. But despite their infinite variety of incident, setting and costume, the myths of the world present us with remarkably similar heroes. Through meticulous research, Joseph Campbell has identified the composite hero, the common thread that runs through Apollo, Buddha, the Grimm Brothers’ Frog King, and thousands of others. By comparing his findings with the words of such spiritual leaders as Moses, Jesus and Mohammed, Campbell shows how the myths of the world hold a mirror to our notion of heroism – and our interpretation of life itself.
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‘A brilliant examination, through ancient hero myths, of man’s eternal struggle for identity.’ TimeAbout the Author:
Joseph Campbell was born in New York City in 1904 and educated in America, France and Germany. He was the author of the four-volume study of world mythologies collectively titled ‘The Masks of God’, among other works, and also edited ‘The Portable Jung’ and ‘The Portable Arabian Nights’. He died at his home in Hawaii in 1987.
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Descrizione libro Fontana Press, 1993. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0586085718
Descrizione libro Fontana Press, 1993. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110586085718