of Campbell's life (based on a longer chronology found in the front of The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on his Life and
Work, edited by Phil Cousineau)
A sort of "CV"
originally found on the JCF site (see below)
A Fire in the Mind (Amazon)
Stephen and Robin Larsen is the only full biography to
date. (It is not critical, however.)
More on Campbell's life can
be gleaned from two volumes of his journals, Baksheesh & Brahman
(India journal) and Sake & Satori (Japan journal).
Campbell Foundation (JCF) continues Campbell's work; associates
can access forums that explore Campbell's life, work, and ideas,
and can post questions for other.
I own most of Campbell's
published works, and have been "processing" them for
years. In my "Works"
section, I have listed the Tables of Contents of most of the
works; as time goes by I will fill these in with annotations.
Wondering what to read first?
Undoubtedly, Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth
(print, illustrated version, DVD, VHS, or audio tapes or CDs)
would be the best place to start. The posthumous books
edited from the Joseph Campbell Audio Collection are easy reading
(having been lectures originally). There are several books
of essays that can be read in part or in whole; and finally--when
you're ready for it--the two major works, The Hero with a
Thousand Faces and the four-volume The Masks of God.
(But to tell the truth, you might START with Hero! It's
a great read.)