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Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell, American author, educator. President Creative Film Foundation, 1954-1963, Foundation for Open Eye, 1973-1987; trustee Bollingen Foundation, 1960-1969. Member American Institute Arts and Letters, Society for Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture (director), American Society Study Religion (president 1972-1975), American Academy Arts and Letters.

Background

  • Campbell, Joseph was born on March 26, 1904 in New York City. Son of Charles William and Josephine (Lynch) Campbell.

  • Education

    • Graduate, Canterbury School, 1921. Student, Dartmouth, 1922. AB, Columbia, 1925; Master of Arts, Columbia, 1927.

      Postgrad., University Paris, 1928. Postgrad., University Munich, 1929.

    Career

    • Teacher Canterbury School, 1932-1933. Member faculty department literature Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York, 1934-1972. Lecturer Foreign Service Institute Department State, Washington, 1956-1973, Columbia, 1959.

    Works

    • Myths to Live By
    • What is a properly functioning mythology and what are its functions? Can we use myths to help relieve our modern anxiety, or do they help foster it? In Myths to Live by, Joseph Campbell explores the enduring power of the universal myths that influence our lives daily and examines the myth-making process from the primitive past to the immediate present, retuning always to the source from which all mythology springs: the creative imagination.
    • A skeleton key to Finnegans wake,
    • That countless would-be readers of Finnegans Wake have given up after a few pages and dismissed Joyce's great work as a "perverse triumph of the unintelligible" is no more surprising than it is disheartening.

    Membership

    President Creative Film Foundation, 1954-1963, Foundation for Open Eye, 1973-1987. Trustee Bollingen Foundation, 1960-1969. Member American Institute Arts and Letters, Society for Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture (director), American Society Study Religion (president 1972-1975), American Academy Arts and Letters.

    Connections

    • Married Jean Erdman, May 5, 1938.
    • father: Charles William Campbell
    • mother: Josephine (Lynch) Campbell
    • spouse: Jean Erdman
    Joseph Campbell
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    Born March 26, 1904
    Died October 30, 1987
    (aged 83)
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    • 1921
      Canterbury School
    • 1922
      Dartmouth
    • 1925
      Columbia
    • 1927
      Columbia
    • 1928
      University Paris
    • 1929
      University Munich
    • 1932 - 1933
      Teacher, Canterbury School
    • 1934 - 1972
      member, faculty department literature Sarah Lawrence College
      Bronxville, New York, United States