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Freud, Sigmund - Interpreting Dreams - ( Item 124100 )

Published in London by Folio Society. 2015. First Thus. Fine Hardback. No inscriptions or bookplates. Fine slipcase. Translated by J. A. Underwood. Introduced by John Forrester. Illustrated by Gabriella Boyd. Ten fascinating oil paintings illustrate this edition of Freud's controversial and influential work.. 'I shall show in the following pages', writes Sigmund Freud in the opening to his masterpiece, 'that there is a psychological technique making it possible to interpret dreams and that, if this procedure is applied, every dream turns out to be a meaningful psychical construct that should be allotted a specific place in the mental whirl of waking life.' One of the most influential books of the 20th century, Interpreting Dreams has never ceased to fascinate, intrigue and stimulate controversy: it revolutionised the way we think about ourselves. . This edition uses J. A. Underwood's magisterial 2006 translation, which follows the last German edition, the eighth that Freud prepared in his lifetime. It includes ten beautifully enigmatic oil paintings by Gabriella Boyd, an acclaimed artist currently studying for a postgraduate degree at the Royal Academy, and an indispensable introduction from Cambridge professor and psychoanalysis expert John Forrester, written in 2006. Interpreting Dreams book. Bound in cloth blocked in gold foil with an inset paper label, printed with a painting by Gabriella Boyd. Set in Sabon with Minion display. 600 pages. Frontispiece and 9 colour illustrations. 10" x 6". A daring and ambitious work. It was a gamble for Freud to launch his major scientific theory in a book written for the general reader. But Interpreting Dreams often known as The Interpretation of Dreams is both scientifically exacting and utterly compelling. Freud invites us to be flies on the wall of his therapy room, and watch the psychoanalyst at work as he delves into the subconscious of his friends, clients and even himself. Rejecting the idea that dreams 'carry the sleeper off into another world', Freud uses detailed case studies, direct from the therapist's couch, to formulate the powerful argument that all our dreams provide wish-fulfilment for the unconscious mind, often symbolising the repressed desires of childhood. In his authoritative and accessible prose, Freud does battle with resistant sceptics; he answers questions such as where dreams come from, why we forget them so soon after waking, and how they relate to our waking life; he reveals the significance of dreams about swimming, flying and dying, and tests his groundbreaking theory of the Oedipus complex. At the book's centre are Freud's unflinching analyses of his own dreams, which take him back to his own childhood. From the Folio Society description.

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