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Mythic Imagination

Collected Short Fiction

The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell

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Before he was the engaging professor who brought mythology into people’s living rooms through his conversations with Bill Moyers, before he became known as the thinker whose ideas influenced Star Wars, and before his now-beloved phrase “follow your bliss” entered the popular lexicon, Joseph Campbell was a young man who tried his hand at writing fiction. At the age of twenty-nine, after years of Depression-era unemployment, when he lived off money he had earned playing saxophone in a jazz combo and read the world’s great literature in a syllabus of his own design, Campbell published his first short story. That tale, included in this collection, remained the famed mythologist’s only published piece of fiction, until now.

In these stories, readers will find rich mythological symbolism, down-to-earth concerns with the ravages of the Second World War, and singular iterations of Campbell’s famous Hero’s Journey schema—all interwoven into a literary style that anticipates the genre that would years later come to be known as “magical realism.” Compelling in their own right, these seven stories are essential reading for longtime Campbell fans and the many who continue to discover him afresh.


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The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell Series


The Hero with a Thousand Faces
The Hero with a Thousand Faces
Joseph Campbell
Asian Journals
Asian Journals
Joseph Campbell
Romance of the Grail
Romance of the Grail
Joseph Campbell
Myths of Light
Myths of Light
Joseph Campbell
Goddesses
Goddesses
Joseph Campbell
The Ecstasy of Being
The Ecstasy of Being
Joseph Campbell
The Flight of the Wild Gander
The Flight of the Wild Gander
Joseph Campbell
The Inner Reaches of Outer Space
The Inner Reaches of Outer Space
Joseph Campbell
The Hero's Journey
The Hero's Journey
Joseph Campbell
A Joseph Campbell Companion
A Joseph Campbell Companion
Joseph Campbell
The Mythic Dimension
The Mythic Dimension
Joseph Campbell
Mythic Worlds, Modern Words
Mythic Worlds, Modern Words
Joseph Campbell
Myths to Live By
Myths to Live By
Joseph Campbell
Mythic Imagination
Mythic Imagination
Joseph Campbell
Pathways to Bliss
Pathways to Bliss
Joseph Campbell
Thou Art That
Thou Art That
Joseph Campbell
Correspondence: 1927-1987
Correspondence: 1927-1987
Joseph Campbell

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