Over a span of 12 years, Michael Toms recorded conversations between the late Joseph Campbell and himself, during which they developed a close friendship. Here are audio cassettes of which Campbell brings listeners in touch with our mythic heritage.
About the Authors
Joseph Campbell was an American author best known for his work in the field of comparative mythology. He was born New York City in 1904, and from early childhood he became interested in mythology. He loved to read books about American Indian cultures, and frequently visited the American Museum of Natural History in New York where he was fascinated by the museum's collection of totem poles. Campbell was educated at Columbia University, where he specialized in medieval literature and, after earning a master's degree, continued his studies at universities in Paris and Munich. While abroad he was influenced by the art of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, the novels of James Joyce and Thomas Mann, and the psychological studies of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. These encounters led to Campbell's theory that all myths and epics are linked in the human psyche, and that they are cultural manifestations of the universal need to explain social, cosmological, and spiritual realities.
Michael Toms is the founding President of New Dimensions Foundation, co-founder of New Dimensions Radio and Chief Executive Officer of the New Dimensions Broadcasting Network. Educated in broadcasting at the University of Miami, he went on to post-graduate work in psychology and the philosophy of religion. He serves as the executive producer and principal host of the award-winning and widely acclaimed "New Dimensions" nationally and internationally syndicated radio series and has spent more than twenty-five years exploring creative ideas with many of the most interesting people of our time and is acknowledged as one of the premier interviewers in media today. His book, An Open Life: Joseph Campbell in Conversation with Michael Toms is a national bestseller. He is the recipient of two honorary doctorates for his vanguard work in media and is an adjunct Professor at Union Graduate School and Maryklhurst Graduate School of Business. A writer, seminar leader, communications, marketing and fundraising consultant, he has worked with literally hundreds of organizations. He also served for seven years as Senior Acquisitions Editor for Harper Collins San Francisco and is Board Chairman Emeritus of the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is co-author with his partner, Justine Willis Toms, of True Work: The Sacred Dimension of Earning a Living (Bell Tower Feb 1998).