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February 16, 2016 | History

The Hero with a Thousand Faces 11 editions

Cover of: The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
About the Book

A thoroughly intense and all-embracing read. In the 2-page preface written in 1948, he states such ground-shakingly obvious facts about the human psyche, that you'll wonder why these ideas had never dawned on you before. Then, into the main text of the book, and you're spirited away into an adventure that explores all forms of mythology and their importance in founding different cultures all around the world. But it goes much further than simply reciting tales from the past. The narrative (thoroughly annotated with references to other works) is so reassuring and worldly-wise, that the book is almost impossible to put down. Yet, this author seems to be humble and meek, despite the cavalcade of knowledge and calmly-considered conclusions. At one point, he claims that Buddhism and Hinduism are the best religions because they do not preach that a single figurehead is the goal of your worship, but that these religions simply suggest pathways to enlightenment. Compare Islam, Judaism and Christianity, where a single God is the end to all means. The latter religions are also represented by the most warlike countries! Both authoritative and speculative, this book is the work of a genius. This man really understood how the human mind works. First published 1949.

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11 editions First published in 1968

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1968, Princeton University Press
The Hero with a thousand faces
in English - 2nd ed.
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March 1, 1972, Princeton University Press
The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Mythos Books)
Paperback in English - First Princeton/Bollingen Paperback
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September 1989, Audio Renaissance
The Hero With a Thousand Faces
Audio Cassette in English
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October 1990, Audio Renaissance
Hero with a Thousand Faces
Audio cassette in English
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1993, Fontana Press
The Hero with a Thousand Faces
Paperback
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September 13, 1993, Fontana Press
The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Paladin Books)
Paperback - New Ed edition
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January 1994, St Martins Pr (a)
The Hero With a Thousand Faces
Audio cassette
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March 15, 1995, Audio Renaissance
The Hero with a Thousand Faces
Audio cassette in English - Abridged edition
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July 1997, Mjf Books
The Hero With a Thousand Faces
Hardcover in English
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January 13, 2001, Audio Renaissance
The Hero with a Thousand Faces
Audio CD in English - Abridged edition
Cover of: The hero with a thousand faces
2004, Princeton University Press
The hero with a thousand faces
in English - Commemorative ed.

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