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Mythic Worlds, Modern Words


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Joseph Campbell is widely credited with bringing mythology to a mass audience. His works, including The Hero with a Thousand Faces, the four-volume The Masks of God, and The Power of Myth (with Bill Moyers), rank among the classics in mythology and literature.


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"Along with his famous studies of heroes, Jung, global myths, and world religions, Joseph Campbell was also an early and important James Joyce scholar, best known for A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake, coauthored with Henry M. Robinson. [Mythic Worlds, Modern Words] gathers Campbell's lectures and shorter essays on Joyce's work, opening with an obituary notice about the writer and ending with a controversial account of Thornton Wilder's play The Skin of Our Teeth (which Campbell believed was little more than a Wake rip-off). In between Campbell proffers his interpretations of the major works, emphasizing their use of archetypal figures and situations."
-- Washington Post Book World Praise for Joseph Campbell: "Campbell has become one of the rarest of intellectuals in American life: a serious thinker who has been embraced by the popular culture."
-- Newsweek "In our generation the mythographer who has had the fullest command of the huge scholarly literature, the analytic ability, the lucid prose, and the needed staying power has been Joseph Campbell."
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