Picks and Pans Review: The Way of the Animal Powers

updated 12/12/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/12/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Joseph Campbell

Volume One of an atlas of world mythology is by a leading authority on the subject. Campbell, whose landmark studies include The Mythic Image, uses tales from preliterate cultures, the latest developments in social science and a most eclectic approach to scholarship to create a fresh picture of earliest man. Plentiful photographs, maps and drawings help the author show how such phenomena as stories of creation, rites that turn boys into men and the mythology of death are universal themes. (Harper & Row, $67.50)

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