A Few Helpful Books


Below are a few books that have helped me in my search—some more, some less. 

Of course, there are others, not directly related to mythology, that have also had an affect.  Certainly, Endurance, by Alfred Lansing, tells of the hero’s quest.  The Mothman Prophecies, by John Keel, described the formation of a modern legend.  And all those plays of Shakespeare are filled with the archetypal characters and stories of myth and legend.

In any case, I will be searching in every book or article I read, in every movie or TV show I see.
The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri (John Ciardi translation)

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Simon Armitage

Buddha, Karen Armstrong

The Case for God, Karen Armstrong

Genesis, Karen Armstrong

The Great Transformation: the beginning of our religious traditions, Karen Armstrong

Islam, Karen Armstrong

A Short History of Myth, Karen Armstrong

Lust: The Seven Deadly Sins, Simon Blackburn

History of Ancient Egypt, Bob Brier (48 lectures on DVD)

Mythology of Mexico and Central America, John Bierhorst

Mythology of South America, John Bierhorst

Iron John, Robert Bly

The Maiden King, Robert Bly & Marion Woodman

The Sibling Society, Robert Bly

A Short Book on the Human Shadow, Robert Bly

Crossing to Avalon, Jean Shinoda Bolen

The Goddesses in Everywoman, Jean Shinoda Bolen

The Gods in Everyman, Jean Shinoda Bolen

Ring of Power: A Jungian Understanding of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Jean Shinoda Bolen

Creative Mythology, Joseph Campbell

Myths To Live By, Joseph Campbell

An Open Life, Joseph Campbell in conversation with Michael Toms

The Power of Myth, Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers

Reflections on the Art of Living, Joseph Campbell

Thou Art That, Joseph Campbell

Transformations of Myth Through Time, Joseph Campbell

The Way of the Animal Powers, Joseph Campbell

The Way of the Seeded Earth, Joseph Campbell

Grief Lessons: four plays by Euripides, Anne Carson

The Human Story, James C. Davis

Don’t Know Much About Mythology, Kenneth C. Davis

Bright-sided: How Positive Thinking is Undermining America, Barbara Ehrenreich

Blood Rites: Origins & History of the Passions of War, Barbara Ehrenreich

The Sacred and the Profane, Mircea Eliade

The Universal Myths, Alexander Eliot

The Bacchae, Euripides (trans. Moses Hadas & John McLean)

The Humans Who Went Extinct: why Neanderthals died out and we survived, Clive Finlayson

Averno, Louise Gluck

The Swerve: how the world became modern, Stephen Greenblatt

The Gods of Olympus: a history, Barbara Graziosi

The Greek Way, Edith Hamilton

The Roman Way, Edith Hamilton

Beowulf, trans. by Seamus Heaney

War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning, Chris Hedges

It’s All Greek to Me, Charlotte Higgins

Selected Poems by Wang Wei, trans. David Hinton

Shamanism in North America, Norman Bancroft Hunt

Balancing Heaven and Earth, Robert A. Johnson

He, Robert A. Johnson

Ecstasy, Robert A. Johnson

The Fisher King and the Handless Maiden, Robert A. Johnson

Inner Work, Robert A. Johnson

Lying with the Heavenly Woman, Robert A. Johnson

Owning Your Own Shadow, Robert A. Johnson

She, Robert A. Johnson

Transformation, Robert A. Johnson

We, Robert A. Johnson

Modern Man in Search of a Soul, C.G. Jung

Psychology and Religion, C.G. Jung

The Undiscovered Self, C.G. Jung

Wizard of the Upper Amazon: the Story of Manuel Cordova-Rios, F. Bruce Lamb

Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu, Cloud Hands Edition

The Psychology of War, Lawrence LeShan

Action Philosophers, Fred Van Lente & Ryan Dunlavey

Introducing Buddha, Jane Hope, Borin Van Loon

Introducing Hinduism, Vinay Lal, Borin Van Loon

The Tibetan Book of the Dead: a Biography, Donald S. Lopez

1491, Charles C. Mann

1493, Charles C. Mann

Temples, Tombs, Hieroglyphs, Barbara Mertz

King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine, Robert Moore & Douglas Gillette

The King Within, Robert Moore & Douglas Gillette

The Lover Within, Robert Moore & Douglas Gillette

The Magician Within, Robert Moore & Douglas Gillette

The Warrior Within, Robert Moore & Douglas Gillette

The Real History of the End of the World, Sharon Newman

Confucianism, Jennifer Oldstone-Moore

Taoism, Jennifer Oldstone-Moore

Revelations, Elaine Pagels

Fame: What the Classics Tell Us about Our Cult of Celebrity, Tom Payne

The Clouds Should Know Me By Now, Red Pine & Mike O’Connor, editors

Madness: a Brief History, Roy Porter

Beautiful Souls, Eyal Press

Gluttony: The Seven Deadly Sins, Francine Prose

A Land So Strange: the epic journey of Cabeza de Vaca, Andres Resendez

Introducing Philosophy, David Robinson & Judy Groves

Men Who Stare at Goats, Jon Ronson

The Psychopath Test, Jon Ronson

Them, Jon Ronson

The Glance, Rumi, trans. Coleman Barks

The Poetry of Zen, Seaton & Hamill, trans.

Myths and Legends of the Ancient Near East, Fred Gladstone Skinner

Greed: The Seven Deadly Sins, Phyllis Tickle

The Mountain People, Colin Turnbull

The Lonely African, Colin Turnbull

Classical Mythology, Vol. 1 & 2, Elizabeth Vandiver (lectures on CD)

Geography of Bliss, Eric Weiner

Dancing in the Flames, Marion Woodman

2 Responses to A Few Helpful Books

  1. alayaopience says:

    You’ve got Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung on there. What about Mircea Eliade?? “The Sacred and the Profane”, and “The Myth of the Eternal Return are two of my favorites from him

  2. I did read “The Sacred and the Profane”, a few years ago, so I can put it in–I have to have a read before I can include it on the list. Thanks for the suggestion.

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