What are the best books recommended by Joseph Campbell?

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    #1The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales

    The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales

    The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales is a compilation of folk tales from the Brothers Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm, translated from the original German by Margaret Hunt. It includes tales such as Rapunzel, The Goose Girl, and Rumpelstiltskin.


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    Joan Martin
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This book is a true classic and a must-read for all kids and adults!"
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    #2Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

    Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

    Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney is a new verse narrative published in 1999. This epic poetry novel follows the story of Beowulf, a Scandinavian protagonist who saved the Danes from the monsters Grendel and its mother.


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    Kenneth Ramos
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "A classic tale of mans struggle, reimagined by campell. Everything you would expect in a story of lust power and fall of great men."
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    #3Prometheus Bound

    Prometheus Bound
    Prometheus Bound is a classic play written by Aeschylus. This edition of Prometheus Bound was published on February 1, 1990 by Oxford University Press and was translated by James Scully and C. John Herington.

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    Ai Xu
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I was surprised this was recommended as a best book considering how old the story is but it was actually well-written and translated. It reminds one of how timeless some of these ancient stories are and worth reading."
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    #4The Way of Zen

    The Way of Zen

    The Way of Zen is a history and guidebook written by Alan W. Watts about the beginning of Buddhism and Taoism, and about how the two philosophies evolved throughout time. It was first published in 1957 and is considered a classic.


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    Judith Alvarez
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This book is very informative and well written. I love reading such classic books and gaining knowledge. "
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    #5The Art of War

    The Art of War

    The Art of War is a classic influential book of military strategy, divided into 13 chapters covering all the steps of battle and written by Sun Tzu. The book includes wisdom for any aspiring leader.


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    Wu Shi
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The strategies and complications of waging and winning wars is very complicated. This book defines many different strategies for different situations. It is an interesting read and very well written that a layperson can understand."
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    #6The Bhagavad Gita

    The Bhagavad Gita
    The Bhagavad Gita is the ancient Indian book dated around 500 B.C. With 18 chapters in Sanskrit, it is about love, light, life, and the spiritual journey of the soul. This version is translated by Aksha Patel.

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    Stephen Elliott
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I'm not sure this book is recommended by Joseph Campbell. I would have liked more information to indicate that."
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    The poems of Ovid bring us a collection of mythological tales about the idea of the transformation as a result of love or lust, and the beginning of the World and the deification of Emperor Augustus. 


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    #8Moses and Monotheism

    Moses and Monotheism

    Moses and Monotheism is a philosophy book written by Sigmund Freud which includes his speculations on various aspects of religion wherein he concludes Moses was an Egyptian.  


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    Randy Wagner
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is a great book for students taking philosophy this semester. I have read a few books discussing the various religions, but this one is my favorite."
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    #9The Poetic Edda

    The Poetic Edda

    Poetic Edda is a collection of Old Norse anonymous poems containing mythic and spiritual verses focusing on Nordic culture, literature, and heritage. J. R. R. Tolkien reportedly used concepts from the Eddas to write his novel, The Hobbit.


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    Aaryan Rathore
    Written on May 6, 2018
    ""The Poetic Edda" is a great trip into the world of Nordic culture. It was one of the 43 books that Joseph Campbell himself gave to his students to read. It has been painstakingly assembled by scholars, and provides unique insight into formations of religion, mythology and beliefs during a time period we know very little about. It is hard to go wrong with a book recommended by Joseph Campbell, and this book is no exception."
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    #10The Mabinogion

    The Mabinogion

    The Mabinogion is a collection of medieval folklore translated and compiled by Jeffrey Gantz. It includes tales from King Arthur's court, a story of a young man enduring several tasks to get wedded to a giant's daughter, and a story of a knight proving his valor.


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    Jack Gonzales
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "The collection of work has been preserved and handed down for centuries. As a history major, we were required to read this book for Medieval literature in 2015 and it was fascinating that these stories were preserved and traced all the way back to the 13th century. The writing styles of the works were interesting to read and compare to the oral history. From the tales from the Famed King Arthur and his court to a knights tale depicting his valor, it was all very interesting to read works from the Medieval era and being able to travel back in time to read about the stories of the era."


Best What are the best books recommended by Joseph Campbell
1The Complete Grimm's Fairy TalesBooks 43 Paid
2Beowulf: A New Verse TranslationBooks 32 Paid
3Prometheus BoundBooks 28 Paid
4The Way of ZenBooks 14 Paid
5The Art of WarBooks 10 Paid
6The Bhagavad GitaBooks 9 Paid
7MetamorphosesBooks 8 Paid
8Moses and MonotheismBooks 5 Paid
9The Poetic EddaBooks 4 Paid
10The MabinogionBooks 1 Paid

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