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Pathways to Bliss: Mythology and Personal Transformation
By Joseph Campbell
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Pathways to Bliss
Mythology and Personal Transformation
By Joseph Campbell
Edited by David Kudler
Read How You Want, (2010)
EasyRead Large Print, in 16 Point Font
(Originally Published in Standard Print by New World Library)
Genre: Mythology, Self-Help
Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - March 25, 2010
For those not familiar with him, Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) was an educator, scholar, and a renowned mythologist, as well as a prolific writer and editor whose work is perhaps best known for his numerous books on mythology and comparative religion, and the admonition to "follow your bliss". Some of his best-known works include The Hero with a Thousand Faces (a book that is essential reading for all fiction writers) and The Power of Myth.
The Joseph Campbell Foundation (JCF) is a non-profit organization that is working to continue Campbell's research into, and to promote the study of, mythology and comparative religions, and they are currently working to publish Campbell previous unpublished works, including lectures, articles, letters, and notes, as well as to republish his works that are now out of print. These works are being released under the rubric of The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell. Pathways to Bliss:
Mythology and Personal Transformation is one of the volumes in the Collected Works series. This volume is a compilation of lectures that are extracted from various lectures, interviews, and seminars given by Campbell between 1962-1983. These extracts were selected, and edited, by David Kudler. All of the lectures in this volume are unified by a common theme, "...Campbell's exploration of the idea of mythology as a tool for promoting and understanding the psychological growth of the individual..." (Pg. vii). The lectures themselves are further organized into thematic chapters entitled:
Combined, these lectures examine myth as a tool for personal growth, the psychology of myth, and how to use myth to examine your own life. A concise biography of Joseph Campbell is also included, as well a detailed forward to this volume that explains how and why these various lectures where selected for inclusion in this volume and the nature of myth and the role that it plays in our lives.
- The Necessity of Rites
- Myth Through Time
- Society and Symbol
- Myth and the Self
- Personal Myth
- The Self as Hero
- Dialogues (Unlike the previous chapters that are primarily drawn from Campbell's lectures, this chapter contains extracts from interviews/conversations with Campbell and various questioners.)
Pathways to Bliss: Mythology and Personal Transformation is a compelling and inspirational collection of Campbell's writings. If you are not familiar with Campbell's works you are in for a real treat, and if you are, you will find that this collection will help you to reconnect with an old friend. While this work is unified by theme, each lecture can be read independently or you can read the book straight through. But be prepared, this is a book that you are likely to go back and read again, and again, each time coming away from the reading with new insights into the nature of myth - and your own identity.
Pathways to Bliss: Mythology and Personal Transformation is available from Read How You Want, an on-demand publisher that makes books available in a variety of formats including Braille, DAISY, and five different large print formats. This range of formats makes this, and other books, available not only to visually impaired individuals, but also anyone with a reading or physical disability that makes reading standard print books difficult.
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- The Greek Myths, Volumes I and II, by Robert Graves.
This is a massive book, and it is the standard reference book on Greek Mythology. It delves into the various creation myths, and births and lives of the various Greek gods, the role of the elemental forces in Greek mythology such as Chaos and Eros, as well as exploring the roles and stories of the Titans, the lesser gods, and other supernatural figures, such as witches.
- Anthropology and Myth, compiled by Richard Seltzer.
A collection of more than 150 anthropology, mythology, archaeology, and folklore books, all contained on a single CD-ROM.
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