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The Hero With A Thousand Faces

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A book written by Joseph Campbell and first published in 1941 by the Bollingen Foundation. The second edition was published in 1968 and contained minor corrections, references to the Collected Works of C.G. Jung and the Standard Edition of Sigmund Freud were substituted when appropriate.[1]

Often cited as Campbell's best book, this classic study traces the story of the hero's journey and transformation through virtually all the mythologies of the world, revealing the one archetype hero in them all. It has inspired generations of students and sold nearly one million copies in various editions.[2]

The book postulates the existence of a monomyth: that there is one basic story line that exists in most of the great myths in all cultures.


  1. Joseph Campbell, The Hero With A Thousand Faces, frontspiece (1973, Princeton/Bollingen).
  2. Joseph Campbell, The Hero With A Thousand Faces, back cover (1973, Princeton/Bollingen).

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