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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.

Synopsis:

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

Introduction

Prologue

I FROM BIRTH TO DEATH Children and Parents

Love and Sex

Old Age and Illness

Death

II EARTHLY THINGS Food

Animals

Travel and the Natural World

Real People

Creativity

Violence

Happy Endings

III THE DREAM WORLD Into Sleep

Nightmare

The Absurd

Transformations and Frustrations

Religious

Interpretations

Waking

Conclusion: A Few Reflections

Acknowledgements

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780192803856
Editor:
Brook, Stephen
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Editor:
Brook, Stephen
Author:
null, Stephen
Author:
Brook, Stephen
Location:
Oxford
Subject:
General
Subject:
Dreams
Subject:
Literature/English | World Literature | Anthologies
Subject:
Metaphysics-General
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Oxford Books of Prose
Series Volume:
2937
Publication Date:
20030631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7.84x5.12x.73 in. .52 lbs.

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