Jonathan Young, PhD is a psychologist and storyteller who assisted mythologist Joseph Campbell for several years at seminars. He was the Founding Curator of the Joseph Campbell Archives and Library. As a professor, Dr. Young created and chaired the Mythological Studies Department at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. His most recent book is SAGA - Best New Writings on Mythology.
Dr. Young developed his deep love of stories through extensive initial exposure to folklore. He was one of six children in a much-travelled family. His parents read and discussed the lore of each place they visited, so he learned about the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, the Pied Piper in Hamlin, the Arabian Nights in Bagdad, the Buddha in India and Japan, and so forth.
Dr. Young was also archivist for James Hillman, author of The Soul's Code and Marija Gimbutas, the leading scholar on the Goddess traditions of old Europe.
When not traveling to give seminars on the symbolism of mythic stories, Jonathan lives with his cat in an old house in Santa Barbara, California.