Wanderings—Paris to Pacific Grove: 1927–1939

Excerpt from CORRESPONDENCE: 1927–1987

This letter from Campbell to Angela Gregory (1903 – 1990) is excerpted from Larsen and Larsen, A Fire in the Mind, 223.

This all has to do, it seems to me, with a feeling for the mystery behind phenomena…. There is furthermore, I begin to believe, a difference between feminine and masculine world-feelings which would tend to express itself in the work of woman and man artists. The whole subject touches intimately the final questions of being—and it is nothing to be sneezed at!…

Thus art need not be either propagandistic for contemporary politics or indifferent to them. It is essentially another expression field for something more fundamental and deep-running than either art or politics, economics, science, society or religion. It is a self-subsisting discipline, that mysterious soul-relationship to the contemporary and corresponding politics.

(Correspondence: 1927–1987. The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell 24-25)

Works Cited

Campbell, Joseph. Correspondence: 1927–1987. The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell. Ed. Dennis Patrick Slattery and Evans Lansing Smith. Novato, California: New World Library, 2019.

Joseph Campbell

American professor of literature at Sarah Lawrence College who sought to establish mythology as its own science of being. The Hero with a Thousand Faces lays out the archetypal journey of the hero shared by mythologies around the globe, which I called the "monomyth" with reference to what C. G. Jung called the collective unconscious.

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