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Book Excerpts:

SpiritSite.com is pleased to offer excerpts from the following books.  You may click on a book's cover to begin, or on the links below:

Selections from Joseph Campbell's The Power of Myth:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Selections from Thou Art That:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four

Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell began his career in 1934 as an instructor at Sarah Lawrence College, where he taught for almost forty years, and where the Joseph Campbell Chair in Comparative Mythology was established in his honor.  He is the author of numerous books on myth and society, including the best-selling Myths to Live By (review or buy).

The Power of Myth

The Power of Myth (review or buy) is the transcript of a conversation between Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers that took place in 1985 and 1986 at George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch and at the Museum of Natural History in New York.  Touching on the stories of the Buddha, Native American legends, Star Wars, and many other subjects, Joseph Campbell offers his illuminating ideas on myths and spirituality.

Thou Art That

Thou Art That (review or buy) is a collection of essays and lectures that focus on the Judeo-Christian tradition, its symbols and metaphors, and how our culture often interprets (or misinterprets) them. Joseph Campbell ranges from storytelling to insightful comparative scholarship.  Also included in the book is Dr. Kennedy's Easter 1979 interview with Campbell from The New York Times Magazine.