Glastonbury Romance Reading List

Selective Bibliography


Lectures on Word Press Blog: Arthurian Romances

Armstrong, Dorsey. King Arthur: History and Legend. The Great Courses. (

Dames, Michael. The Avebury Cycle. London: Thames & Hudson, 1977.

—. Merlin and Wales: A Magician’s Landscape. Thames & Hudson, 2002

—. The Silbury Treasure: The Great Goddess Rediscovered. Thames & Hudson, 1978.

Campbell, Joseph. The Masks of God: Creative Mythology. New York: Penguin Books, 1968.

—. The Romance of the Grail: The Magic and Mystery of Arthurian Myth. Ed. Evans Lansing Smith. The Joseph Campbell Foundation. Novato, CA: New World Library, 2015.

Films: Syberberg, Hans Jurgens: Wagner’s Parsifal; Erich Rohmer, Perceval; John Boorman, Excalibur; Bresson, Robert,  Lancelot du Lak; Monty Python’s Holy Grail; The Fisher King

Jung, Emma and Marie-Louise von Franz. The Grail Legend. Mythos Series, Princeton UP, 1998.

Lacy, Norris J., and James J. Wilhelm. The Romance of Arthur. Third Edition. London and New York: Routledge, 2013.

Smith, Evans Lansing. “Postmodernist Re-Visionings of the Grail: Leonora Carrington, Umberto Eco, Thomas Pynchon.” Mythosphere: A Journal for Image, Myth, and Symbol. 1.4 (1999): 507-22.

—. Sacred Mysteries. Nevada City (CA): Blue Dolphin Publications, 2003. Chapter 2.

Zimmer, Heinrich. The King and the Corpse. Ed. Joseph Campbell. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1956.



Happy Hippie New Year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Hippie Year

From Lans and Cheryle, 2016


With two rounds of hip surgery, right in August, left in December, I am tempted to call this, my 66,th the Year of the Raised Toilet Seat, or Year of the Extended Reach Grabber, or Year of the Sock Aid—three of many challenges that came with the extraordinary blessing of successful operations, enabling me to hope that I can walk without pain for the first time in 16 years. It has also been an amazing year in other ways, with the births of two new grandchildren, and really marvelous travel, publication, and presentations, both here and abroad. As James Taylor said, “Never Die Young,” as of course at least two of our dearest friends did (Brian and George, and more recently Bobby Green). I hope all of you have an equally marvelous 2017, and find shelter from the fallout of political disaster that looks more threatening with each passing day. Let Love prevail, and rain down on You.

January: Published my edition of the Joseph Campbell Collected Works, Romance of the Grail: The Magic and Mystery of Arthurian Myth

Published my first novel, Communion Shades, the first of a tetralogy called Voices From the Well.

March 4-5: “Jung’s Myth of Analysis” for the “Snakes and Dragons” conference at the C.G. Jung Institute in New York, sponsored by ARAS.

April 13: My fourth grandchild, Charles Maximilian Smith, born.

June 1st-4th: Cheryle at STA in Chicago for membership application and presentation.

June 24th-26th: “Gynetypes and the Goddess” for the Erich Neumann conference at Pacifica.

July 6th-8th: “The Romance of the Grail,” three days of lectures at the C.G. Jung Institute in Küsnacht. Cheryle representing the Alumni Association at Graduation.

July 11th-14th: “Mythology of Fish” in Circeo San Felice, Italy, at the amazing home of Alessandra Montezemolo.

August 4th: Right hip replacement surgery, Keck Hospital of USC, Dr. Daniel Oakes

September: Cheryle’s presentation, “Diabetes and the Soul,” at the LA Jung Institute.

November 18th-19th: “Romance of the Grail” presentation at the Jung Society in Seattle

December 5th: Left hip surgery replacement with Dr. Oakes

December 5th: Cheryle’s first granddaughter born: Emma Jo Murphy.

Upcoming Presentations

Mythical Journeys: 2018:

March 5, 2016: “Snakes and Dragons” conference at the C.G. Jung Institute in New York, on Saturday . My subject is “The Modernist Nekyia: Jung’s Myth of Analysis,” with a focus on the images of The Red Book.

July 6-8, 2016: A series of lectures on The Grail Romances of the Middle Ages at the C.G. Jung Institute in Kusnacht, Switzerland.

July 11-14, 2016: A conference in San Felice Circeo in Italy entitled “The Mediterranean: From Myth to Reality.” My subject is “Fish and Mythology.”