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Breaking ThroughEssays, Journals, and Travelogues of Edward F. Ricketts$
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Edward Ricketts

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247048

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247048.001.0001

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“The Philosophy of ‘Breaking Through’”

“The Philosophy of ‘Breaking Through’”

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(p.89) Chapter 3 “The Philosophy of ‘Breaking Through’”
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Breaking Through
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Katharine A. Rodger

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520247048.003.0004

Edward F. Ricketts drafted and revised his essay “The Philosophy of Breaking Through” throughout the 1930s and early 1940s, often after discussions and correspondence with friends such as John Steinbeck and Joseph Campbell. The version included in this chapter is from a typescript marked “Revised July 1940, Mexico City,” composed of fifteen double-spaced pages, and it reflects a number of suggestions Campbell made in a 1939 letter. Ricketts's notion of breaking through derived largely from his readings of the Tao Teh Ching, T. D. Suzuki's Essays in Zen Buddhism, and Robinson Jeffers's Roan Stallion, but as with most of his ideas, he integrated concepts from many sources and disciplines.

Keywords:   Edward F. Ricketts, Breaking Through, John Steinbeck, Joseph Campbell, Tao Teh Ching, Robinson Jeffers, T. D. Suzuki, Zen Buddhism, Roan Stallion

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