Jean Campbell Cooper

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Born(1905-11-27)November 27, 1905
Chefoo, North China
DiedJuly 1999(1999-07-00) (aged 93)
Cumbria, England
EducationDegree in Philosophy
Alma materUniversity of St Andrews
  • Writer
  • Philosopher

Jean Campbell Cooper (27 November 1905 – July 1999)[1] was an english writer, mainly about the main chinese religions and philosophies: Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism. Born in China, lived and died in England.


Jean C. Cooper was born at Chefoo in North China, descendent of English missionaries. Learned about Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism from Chinese amahs. She studied in a British school at Guling, Jiangxi and at a boarding school in England. Learned about the Perennial philosophy, and had a degree in Philosophy at the University of St Andrews. She lectured on Comparative Religion, Philosophy, and Symbolism.[2]

Often wrote under the name "J. C. Cooper".[2] She wrote several works on symbolism: Fairy Tales: Allegories of the Inner Life (1983), Symbolism, the Universal Language (1986), Symbolic and Mythological Animals (1992), and the broad ranging classic An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Traditional Symbols (1978). Jean Cooper had a friendship with Francis Clive-Ross, editor of the British journal Studies in Comparative Religion. Being a reader of books on spirituality and comparative religion, contributed with many book reviews to that journal, as well as some essays such as The Symbolism of the Taoist Garden (Autumn 1977 issue).[3][2] A compilation of some of her books and essays formed the book An Illustrated Introduction to Taoism: The Wisdom of the Sages (World Wisdom, 2010).[4]

She lived with her husband, a naval commander, in Ulpha, Cumberland, where she breeded Labradors.[1] She died in Cumbria in 1999 at the age of 93.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Life at the old Bobbin Mill". The Mail. 27 January 2016. Retrieved 2020-06-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Jean Campbell Cooper". Babelio. Retrieved 2020-06-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "Jean C. Cooper: Life and Work". Retrieved 2020-06-27.
  4. ""An Illustrated Introduction to Taoism: The Wisdom of the Sages" (978-1-935493-16-7) by Jean C. Cooper". Retrieved 2020-06-27.

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