In The Flight of the Wild Gander, mythologist Joseph Campbell (1904–1987) collected a number of his most thought-provoking early essays and forwards into a single volume. Essays include "Bios and Mythos" (on the psycho-biological sources of mythic forms and symbols), "Mythogenesis" (on the rise and fall of a single Native American legend) and "The Symbol without Meaning" (about the secularization of myths in the modern age).
The wild gander of the title is a reference to the Hindu concept of the paramahamsa, a great spiritual teacher of exalted illumination, able to transcend the mundane, just as the hamsa is able to fly above the sky-scraping Himalayas.
Volume I: The Way of the Animal Powers (1983) (reprint in two parts: Part 1: Mythologies of the Primitive Hunters and Gatherers (1988); Part 2: Mythologies of the Great Hunt (1988))
Volume II: The Way of the Seeded Earth (Part 1: The Sacrifice (1988); Part 2: Mythologies of the Primitive Planters: The North Americas (1989); Part 3: Mythologies of the Primitive Planters: The Middle and Southern Americas (1989))
Transformations of Myth Through Time (1990)
A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living (1991). editor Diane K. Osbon
Mythic Worlds, Modern Words: On the Art of James Joyce (1993). editor Edmund L. Epstein
The Mythic Dimension: Selected Essays (1959–1987) (1993). editor Anthony Van Couvering
Baksheesh & Brahman: Indian Journals (1954–1955) (1995). editors Robin/Stephen Larsen & Anthony Van Couvering
Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor (2001). editor Eugene Kennedy
Sake & Satori: Asian Journals - Japan (2002). editor David Kudler
Myths of Light: Eastern Metaphors of the Eternal (2003). editor David Kudler
Pathways to Bliss: Mythology and Personal Transformation (2004). editor David Kudler