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In these essays, Joseph Campbell explores the origins of myth — from the Grimm's fairy tales to Native American legends.
The author explains how the symbolic content of myth is linked to universal human experience and how the myths and experiences change over time. Included is his acclaimed essay "Mythogenesis," which examines the rise and decline of a Native American legend.
"In this book, as in his other works, Campbell displays immense learning, drawing evidence to support his case from virtually every branch of human knowledge."
— The New York Times Book Review
"Campbell has become one of the rarest of intellectuals in American life: a serious thinker who had been embraced by the popular culture."