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Romance of the Grail
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Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) is widely credited with bringing mythology to a mass audience through his books Hero with a Thousand Faces and The Power of Myth. Evans Lansing Smith is the chair of mythological studies at the Pacifica Graduate Institute. He lives in Santa Barbara, CA.

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"Praise for Joseph Campbell"
No one in our centurynot Freud, not Thomas Mann, not Levi-Strausshas so brought the mythical sense of the world and its eternal figures back into our everyday consciousness.
James Hillman
Campbell has become the rarest of intellectuals in American life: a serious thinker who has been embraced by the popular culture.
"Newsweek"
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Drawing from both published and personal audio recordings, transcribed lectures, notes, letters, published works, and more, Smith (chair, mythological studies, Pacifica Graduate Inst.; Sacred Mysteries) has assembled a significant body of Campbell s (190487) work on Arthurian legends, including his previously unpublished master s thesis, A Study of the Dolorous Stroke. Topics include parallels between Arthurian and Eastern mythologies, the role of marriage vs. love, grail symbolism and the Grail King, influences of Christianity and pagan beliefs, a discussion of Wolfram von Eschenbach s Parzival, Tristan and Iseult, Arthur s Knights of the Round Table, and more. As Smith suggests, this collection provides readers with insight into the effect of Arthurian literature on Campbell s work in comparative mythology, the idea that these stories are the original secular mythology or legends as metaphors for growth and of Amor, a love that encourages individual identity. VERDICT Smith provides well-rounded and concise essential readings on Arthurian mythology by one of America s leading mythologists and incredible storytellers. Highly recommended for readers interested in Campbell, mythology, or Arthurian studies.
Library Journal
Praise for Joseph Campbell:
No one in our centurynot Freud, not Thomas Mann, not Levi-Strausshas so brought the mythical sense of the world and its eternal figures back into our everyday consciousness.
James Hillman
Campbell has become the rarest of intellectuals in American life: a serious thinker who has been embraced by the popular culture.
Newsweek"
"Drawing from both published and personal audio recordings, transcribed lectures, notes, letters, published works, and more, Smith (chair, mythological studies, Pacifica Graduate Inst.; Sacred Mysteries) has assembled a significant body of Campbell's (1904-87) work on Arthurian legends, including his previously unpublished master's thesis, 'A Study of the Dolorous Stroke.' Topics include parallels between Arthurian and Eastern mythologies, the role of marriage vs. love, grail symbolism and the Grail King, influences of Christianity and pagan beliefs, a discussion of Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival, Tristan and Iseult, Arthur's Knights of the Round Table, and more. As Smith suggests, this collection provides readers with insight into the effect of Arthurian literature on Campbell's work in comparative mythology, the idea that these stories are the original 'secular mythology' or legends as metaphors for growth and of 'Amor, ' a love that encourages individual identity. VERDICT Smith provides well-rounded and concise essential readings on Arthurian mythology by one of America's leading mythologists and incredible storytellers. Highly recommended for readers interested in Campbell, mythology, or Arthurian studies."
-- Library Journal

"Having Campbell's research and insights gathered in this volume is a service to all who wish to deepen our understanding of the power, the potentials, and the poetics of myth."
--Jung Journal Praise for Joseph Campbell: "No one in our century--not Freud, not Thomas Mann, not Levi-Strauss--has so brought the mythical sense of the world and its eternal figures back into our everyday consciousness."
--James Hillman "Campbell has become the rarest of intellectuals in American life: a serious thinker who has been embraced by the popular culture."
--Newsweek
Praise for Romance of the Grail

"Having Campbell's research and insights gathered in this volume is a service to all who wish to deepen our understanding of the power, the potentials, and the poetics of myth."
-- Jung Journal

"Drawing from both published and personal audio recordings, transcribed lectures, notes, letters, published works, and more, Smith (chair, mythological studies, Pacifica Graduate Inst.; Sacred Mysteries) has assembled a significant body of Campbell's (1904-87) work on Arthurian legends, including his previously unpublished master's thesis, 'A Study of the Dolorous Stroke.' Topics include parallels between Arthurian and Eastern mythologies, the role of marriage vs. love, grail symbolism and the Grail King, influences of Christianity and pagan beliefs, a discussion of Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival, Tristan and Iseult, Arthur's Knights of the Round Table, and more. As Smith suggests, this collection provides readers with insight into the effect of Arthurian literature on Campbell's work in comparative mythology, the idea that these stories are the original 'secular mythology' or legends as metaphors for growth and of 'Amor, ' a love that encourages individual identity. VERDICT: Smith provides well-rounded and concise essential readings on Arthurian mythology by one of America's leading mythologists and incredible storytellers. Highly recommended for readers interested in Campbell, mythology, or Arthurian studies."
-- Library Journal

Praise for Joseph Campbell:

"No one in our century--not Freud, not Thomas Mann, not Levi-Strauss--has so brought the mythical sense of the world and its eternal figures back into our everyday consciousness."
-- James Hillman

"Campbell has become the rarest of intellectuals in American life: a serious thinker who has been embraced by the popular culture."
-- Newsweek

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