Joseph Campbell is best known for his work in the fields of mythology and comparative religion and is considered one of the worlds greatest scholars on these subjects. A graduate of Columbia University (B.A 1925, M.A. 1927) he went on to study Medieval French and Sanskrit at the University of Paris and the University of Munich
Campbell’s extensive studies of the ideas and works of Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud and Wilhelm Steckel, helped him approach and bridge the disparate stances of these intellectuals on such debates as the Collective Unconscious and the conflict between Western and Eastern worlds of belief.
The Hero With a Thousand Faces (1949) is one of Campbell’s best-known books and George Lucas is said to have based the Star Wars series on ideas from this work.
A year after his death, The Power of Myth, a PBS series that he created with Bill Moyers, was first aired. This six hour series continues to be enjoyed by people around the world today.