The Power of Myth

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by Joseph Campbell

The Power of Myth sparked a remarkable revival of interest in Joseph Campbell's work. He has had a tremendous influence on millions of people, including Star Wars creator George Lucas, as a distinguished scholar, writer, and teacher. Mythology was the "song of the universe, the symphony of the spheres," according to Campbell. The Power of Myth, with Bill Moyers, one of America's most distinguished journalists, as his smart and fascinating interviewer, explores topics ranging from modern marriage to virgin births, from Jesus to John Lennon, with a stunning combination of knowledge and wit.

This remarkable book illustrates how ancient legends' themes and symbols continue to give birth, death, love, and battle significance. From Greek and Roman gods and goddesses to Buddhist, Hindu, and Christian traditions, a wide range of themes are addressed that together identify the universality of human experience across time and culture. The Power of Myth continues to have a tremendous influence on our culture as a perfect fit of interviewer and subject, as well as a timeless synthesis of Campbell's work.

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People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.

— Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth