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Full-length works by Joseph Campbell, available in digital form for the first time!

eBook: A Joseph Campbell Companion

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are—Joseph Campbell One of Joseph Campbell’s most popular, most quoted works, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living is a treasure trove...

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eBook: Creative Mythology

The mythologies of this book are the productions, the revelations — the letters in a bottle, set floating on the sea — of such men and women, who have had the courage to be at one in their wanting and their doing, their knowing and their telling.


eBook: Myths to Live By

Joseph Campbell famously compared mythology to a kangaroo pouch for the human mind and spirit: “a womb with a view.” In Myths to Live By, he examines all of the ways in which myth supports...

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eBook: Occidental Mythology

Explore the power of myth as it flowered in the ancient Near East and the Classical World In this third volume of The Masks of God — Joseph Campbell’s major work of comparative mythology...


eBook: Oriental Mythology

Explore the power of myth as it flowered in Asia In this second volume of The Masks of God — Joseph Campbell’s major work of comparative mythology — the pre-eminent mythologist looks at Asian...


eBook: Primitive Mythology

Explore the power of myth as humanity first discovered it In this first volume of The Masks of God — Joseph Campbell’s major work of comparative mythology — the preeminent mythologist looks at the...


eBook: The Flight of the Wild Gander

In these essays – contemporary with his years at Sarah Lawrence and with his legendary Cooper Union lectures – Campbell explores the origins of myth, from the Grimms’ fairy tales to Native American legends....


eBook: The Thousand and One Nights

Experience the overflowing bounty of the world’s greatest collection of folk myths and fairy tales “Shehrzad was a priestess of the psyche secure in her science. The wonderful ease with which she gave not...


eBook: Thou Art That

See print versions of this title. Woven from Joseph Campbell’s previously unpublished work, this volume explores Judeo-Christian symbols and metaphors — and their misinterpretations — with the famed mythologist’s characteristic conversational warmth and accessible...



A selection of individual articles and extracts by Joseph Campbell, some pulled from larger works and some never before released or collected!

eSingle: Bachofen’s Myth, Religion & Mother Right

“Wise, deep-seeing, sagely Bachofen… could with equal eye regard the whole sweep of what he saw to be an orderly progression in which his own mode of consciousness participated as a member. And it...


eSingle: Belief and Power in Myth

“The question of belief is of less moment in the mythological sphere than the question of the power of the imagery to evoke and organize spiritual energy and thus to render, not an ideology,...


eSingle: Bios & Mythos

Joseph Campbell wrote this article for a collection of essays, Psychoanalysis and Culture, printed in 1951 to celebrate the sixtieth birthday of the famed psychiatrist and ethnologist, Géza Róheim. In it, he seeks to...


eSingle: Comparative Mythology

Joseph Campbell taught Mythology to students at Sarah Lawrence College, just north of New York City, for thirty-eight years. Late in his tenure, Campbell made a proposal to use his introductory course as the...

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eSingle: Earthrise from Thou Art That

This extract from Thou Art That, the first title in the publishing partnership between Joseph Campbell Foundation and New World Library, remains one of the most inspiring, delightful pieces we have published together. “Earthrise”...


eSingle: Foreword to Marija Gimbutas’s The Language of the Goddess

Joseph Campbell was a fascinated by Hungarian mythologist and anthropologist Marija Gimbutas’s work. As he worked on his great (sadly unfinished) masterpiece, the Historical Atlas of World Mythology, Campbell immersed himself in her writing about...


eSingle: Foreword to The Portable Jung

Joseph Campbell said numerous times that he wasn’t a Jungian — by which he meant that he was never a direct student of C.G. Jung’s (though the two did correspond), nor a patient, nor...


eSingle: Historical Atlas of World Mythology: (I.A.) Prologue

We live, today, in a terminal moraine of myths and mythic symbols, fragments large and small of traditions that formerly inspired and gave rise to civilizations. Our prevailing, Newtonian world view is of a...


eSingle: Historical Atlas of World Mythology: (I.D.) Early Hunters of the Open Plains

A recognition of the mystery of death, and therewith, of life, marks the spiritual separation of man from the beasts. — Joseph Campbell In this installment of the Historical Atlas of World Mythology (Digital...


eSingle: Historical Atlas of World Mythology: (I.E.) Living Peoples of the Equatorial Forest

Explore the primal myths of the tropical world The contrast of the two worlds and of the ways of life and thought of these Pygmies and the Bushmen could hardly be more extreme. Ethnologically,...


eSingle: Historical Atlas of World Mythology: (I.F.) Art as a Revelation

In this latest installment, one of the final pieces that Campbell wrote, he explores the creative explosion that marked the beginning of modern human culture. “It is evident,” he says, “that ‘Primitive Art,’ both...


eSingle: Moonlight in Vermont

In this short story, written just before the American entry into World War II, Joseph Campbell explores a theme he’d study for many years as an academic: the journey of a hero into a...

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eSingle: Myth and Dream (from The Hero with a Thousand Faces)

Furthermore, we have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have gone before us; the labyrinth is thoroughly known; we have only to follow the thread of the...


eSingle: The Fairy Tale

“The folk tale is the primer of the picture-language of the soul.” — Joseph Campbell Originally written as the foreword to The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales (released in 1944), this fascinating essay explores the basis and the...


eSingle: The Historical Development of Mythology

In this fascinating overview of the shape of myths throughout human civilization’s expansion, Joseph Campbell lays out an overview of both the origins and the evolution of our myths. Campbell wrote this essay just...


eSingle: The Lord of Light

Having brushed all the sand from his back, Lilian began abstractedly to scratch doodles with her fingernail on his shoulder. “You don’t know,” she said, “how repulsive it is to have all those ninnies...


eSingle: The Sacred Marriage — Thoughts on Love, Myth, and Partnership

In this extract from A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living, one of this quotable man’s most quoted works, Campbell explores one of the central themes of myth: love and marriage....


eSingle: The Symbol without Meaning

“When the symbol is functioning for engagement, the cognitive faculties are held fascinated by and bound to the symbol itself, and are thus simultaneously informed by and protected from the unknown. But when the...


eSingle: Trick or Treat: Halloween…

“The make-believe, the play, the humor, the delight is the mythological perspective on life. In the Hindu tradition, the world is said to be “God’s play,” “God’s dance.” When one plays life that way,...