Joseph Campbell

1904 - 1987

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Joseph John Campbell (March 26, 1904 – October 30, 1987) was an American professor of literature at Sarah Lawrence College who worked in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work covers many aspects of the human experience. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joseph Campbell has received more than 3,224,139 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Joseph Campbell is the 745th most popular writer (up from 795th in 2019), the 804th most popular biography from United States (up from 841st in 2019) and the 83rd most popular American Writer.

Joseph Campbell is most famous for his book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. In this book, he discusses the archetypal hero's journey, which consists of three phases: separation, initiation, and return.

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Among writers, Joseph Campbell ranks 745 out of 5,794Before him are Maurice Denis, Theodore the Studite, Viktor Shklovsky, Hugo Ball, Ali Shariati, and Mahmoud Darwish. After him are Tony Buzan, Mikael Agricola, Philippe Ariès, Alexander Blok, Maya Angelou, and Iris Murdoch.

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Among people born in 1904, Joseph Campbell ranks 37Before him are Willem de Kooning, Witold Gombrowicz, Luis Carrero Blanco, Alejo Carpentier, Antonín Novotný, and Nikolai Ostrovsky. After him are Werner Forssmann, Ève Curie, George F. Kennan, Louis Néel, George Balanchine, and Karl Rahner. Among people deceased in 1987, Joseph Campbell ranks 25Before him are Fahri Korutürk, Thomas Sankara, Lino Ventura, Jascha Heifetz, Walter Houser Brattain, and Lee Marvin. After him are Jacqueline du Pré, Jean Anouilh, William P. Murphy, Anthony de Mello, Georg Wittig, and Nobusuke Kishi.

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Among people born in United States, Joseph Campbell ranks 804 out of 15,968Before him are Gena Rowlands (1930), James Earl Jones (1931), Lee Marvin (1924), Jack Palance (1919), Kim Kardashian (1980), and William Friedkin (1935). After him are Kevin Kline (1947), Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (1918), Maya Angelou (1928), Raymond Carver (1938), Donald A. Glaser (1926), and Dave Brubeck (1920).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Joseph Campbell ranks 83Before him are Ursula K. Le Guin (1929), Ambrose Bierce (1842), John Dos Passos (1896), Neal Cassady (1926), John Fante (1909), and John Jacob Astor IV (1864). After him are Maya Angelou (1928), Raymond Carver (1938), Nellie Bly (1864), Eleanor H. Porter (1868), Michael Crichton (1942), and Zelda Fitzgerald (1900).