Star Wars: The Magic of Myth
December 1997

Publisher: Bantam Spectra
Author: Mary Henderson
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Cover Price: $26.00
Media: Softcover
ISBN: 0-553-37810-4 - 1st

The year 1997 marks the twentieth anniversary of the release of the original Star Wars motion picture. In commemoration of this milestone cultural event, the National Air and Space museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., has mounted an unprecedented exhibition exploring the mythological, cultural, and historical roots of George Lucas' stunning achievement in film. Bantam Books is proud to present the official companion volume to the exhibit.

The story of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi has had such an influence on our culture that it prompted Joseph Campbell, one of the most original and influential thinkers of our time, to hail the trilogy as a masterpiece of "creative mythology"—a work of art that gives new depth and dimension to our sense of self and our sense of place in the universe. For millions of viewers, the Star Wars epic presents a special vision that incorporates the wisdom and symbols of age-old myths in dynamic new ways that speak uniquely and unforgettably to our modern-day quest for meaning.

Using hundreds of illustrations, Star Wars: The Magic of Myth presents the relationship between the creation of the movie trilogy and the mythic structure on which it is based. Here is a rich, detailed and fascinating account of how characters, costumes, and settings were modeled on some of the most powerful imagery from the realms of history, myth and the imagination. Incorporating elements from Greek mythology to Flash Gordon, Star Wars is not only entertainment in its grandest form but, like all great myths, a limitless source of imagery, insight, and universal emotion.

Here is the Star Wars saga in all its glory: the visual spectacle, the romance, the adventure, the brilliant mixture of intellectual inspiration and riveting storytelling are all brought to life in this remarkable look at the making of a modern myth.

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