One of the most common requests the Joseph Campbell Foundation receives is for Joseph Campbell’s reading list – the books he assigned in his mythology course at Sarah Lawrence College.
It’s a lengthy list. Bill Moyers shares a story about receiving a letter from a former student of Campbell’s who noted that “While all of us listened spellbound, we did stagger under the weight of his weekly reading assignments.” Eventually, one of her classmates complained, noting that she had other classes, each with assigned reading, and wondered how she was expected to complete the reading for his course every week.
Campbell’s amused response: “I’m astonished you tried. You have the rest of your life to do the reading.”