Myths to Live By
Cover of the first edition
|Pages||287 (1973 Bantam edition)|
Myths to Live By is a 1972 book, a collection of essays, originally given as lectures at the Cooper Union Forum, by mythologist Joseph Campbell between 1958 and 1971. The work has an introduction by Johnson E. Fairchild.
The deep power of myth on the inner, spiritual lives of human beings throughout the ages (including our own age) is the common theme running throughout all of the essays in the collection. Campbell explains the differences between western and oriental myths and rites. He shows how fundamental universal thoughts are adapted to local requirements of legitimation. A typical form of adaptation of the hero is the American image of the lone rider who dispels evil.
- Viking Press, New York, 1972, ISBN 978-0-14-019461-6
- Paladin Press, London, 1985, ISBN 978-0-586-08528-8
- Bantam Books, New York, 1988, ISBN 978-0-553-27088-4
- Penguin Books, Australia, 1993, ISBN 978-0-14-019461-6
- Souvenir Press, London, 2000, ISBN 978-0-285-64731-2
- Joseph Campbell Foundation, 2011, (ebook) ISBN 978-1-61178-000-0
- Edition London 1985, p. 193.
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