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Skeleton Key Study Guides

Skeleton Key Study Guides are a new series of study guides for books by Joseph Campbell. Written by a team of today’s experts in myth, these guides help you discover the joy of Campbell’s insights and experience the power of myth.

Bringing mythic depth to study guides

Each Skeleton Key Study Guides focuses on one book by Joseph Campbell. You’ll find a chapter summary for each chapter in Campbell’s book plus notable quotes, points of interest, reading lists, and ideas for working with the material in that chapter with discussion questions, essay topics, or creative prompts. 

Written for teachers and students who study Joseph Campbell, Skeleton Key Study Guides are also ideal for creatives, psychologists, and any seekers who feel drawn to myth. Our vision is for these guides to open a portal for you into Campbell’s work.

Now available: 
The Flight of the Wild Gander: A Skeleton Key Study Guide


The fourth and penultimate study guide in the series, The Flight of the Wild Gander: A Skeleton Key Study Guide, is available now in ebook and paperback formats, and a discounted e-bundle with Campbell's The Flight of the Wild Gander. 


Evans Lansing Smith, PhD is core faculty and Chair of the Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. In the 1970s, he traveled with Joseph Campbell on tours of Northern France, Egypt, and Kenya. He has taught at colleges and institutes in Switzerland, Italy, France, Maryland, Texas, and California, and is the recipient of awards for distinguished teaching from Midwestern State University in Texas and Pacifica Graduate Institute.


Join a live author webinar

On Saturday, September 30, at 10:00 am Pacific time, the Joseph Campbell Foundation will host a free, live webinar with Evans Lansing Smith, PhD, to discuss this helpful new study guide about the origins of myth and the enduring power of metaphor and symbols. We'll also have time for audience questions.

Stay tuned for one more study guide, coming soon!

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