JOSEPH CAMPBELL, AUTODIDACT
Pages 52-54 in his book, The Hero’s Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work
From Britannica, “[Joseph Campbell was a] prolific American author and editor whose works on comparative mythology examined the universal functions of mythology in various human cultures and examined the mythic figure in a wide range of literatures.” - source
He left the Ph.D. program at Columbia University for “self-imposed exile”. He studied for five years in the woods–reading 9 hours each day.
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