The Inner Reaches of Outer Space

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The Inner Reaches of Outer Space: Myth as Metaphor and as Religion
Cover of the first edition
AuthorJoseph Campbell
CountryUnited States
SeriesCollected Works of Joseph Campbell
SubjectReligion/Comparative Mythology
PublisherAlfred van der Mark
Publication date
First published in 1986. Second edition, 1988. Third edition 2002.
Media typePrint
291.1/3 21
LC ClassBL311 .C263 2002

The Inner Reaches of Outer Space is a 1986 book by mythologist Joseph Campbell, the last book completed before his death in 1987. In it, he explores the intersections of art, psychology and religion, and discusses the ways in which new myths are born. In writing the book, Campbell drew on transcripts of a series of lectures and conversations that he gave in San Francisco between 1981–1984,[1] including legendary symposiums with astronaut Rusty Schweickart and with members of the Grateful Dead.[2]

Originally published by Alfred van der Mark in 1986, the book was rereleased by Harper & Row in 1988. With the publication of the third edition by New World Library in 2002, The Inner Reaches of Outer Space became the second title in the Joseph Campbell Foundation's Collected Works of Joseph Campbell series.


  1. ^ Campbell, Joseph (2002). The Inner Reaches of Outer Space. Novato, California: New World Library. pp. xi. ISBN 9781577312093.
  2. ^ Campbell, Joseph (2003). The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work. Novato, California: New World Library. pp. xxii, xxxi, 180. ISBN 978-1577314042.

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