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The Oxford Book of Dreamsby Stephen Brook
Synopses & Reviews
Dreams have been a source of delight and terror for as long as people have kept records of their thought. Whether dreams are the key to the unconscious, as Freud proposed, or a way of wiping clean the mental slate, as Dr. Francis Crick's theory suggests, they have filled the pages of numerous diaries and been an integral part of literary masterworks such as The Divine Comedy and Finnegan's Wake.
In this rich anthology, Stephen Brook has collected hundreds of dreams recorded by authors, poets, psychologists, and everyday dreamers since pre-Christian days. Ranging from Artemidorus's crude, 2nd-century analysis to Freud and Jung's dream psychology, and including works by Coleridge, Yeats, Tolstoy, D.H. Lawrence, Joseph Heller, and many other authors, The Oxford Book of Dreams offers an intriguing and varied sampling of humanity's collective unconscious. It explores the inexhaustible fascination of dreams and their power as a great source of literary inspiration.
From realistic dreams to the world of nightmare and phantasmagoria, from the bizarre to the haunting, this anthology draws on the dreams of a variety of novelists, poets, playwrights, and others to explore the fascination of dreams and their power as a source of literary inspiration.
About the Author
Stephen Brook has worked for publishers in both England and the United States, and is now a full-time writer. His books include New York Days, New York Nights, Honky-tonk Gelato: Travels Through Texas, and The Dordogne.
Table of Contents
I FROM BIRTH TO DEATH Children and Parents
Love and Sex
Old Age and Illness
II EARTHLY THINGS Food
Travel and the Natural World
III THE DREAM WORLD Into Sleep
Transformations and Frustrations
Conclusion: A Few Reflections
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