One hundred years ago Sigmund Freud published The Interpretations
of Dreams, a book that, like Darwin's The Origin of Species,
revolutionized our understanding of human nature. Now this
groundbreaking new translation--the first to be based on the
original text published in November 1899--brings us a more
readable, more accurate, and more coherent picture of Freud's
The first edition of The Interpretation of Dreams is much shorter
than its subsequent editions; each time the text was reissued, from
1909 onwards, Freud added to it. The most significant, and in many
ways the most unfortunate addition, is a 50-page section devoted to
the kind of mechanical reading of dream symbolism--long objects
equal male genitalia, etc.--that has gained popular currency and
partially obscured Freud's more profound insights into dreams. In
the original version presented here, Freud's emphasis falls more
clearly on the use of words in dreams and on the difficulty of
deciphering them. Without the strata of later additions, readers
will find here a clearer development of Freud's central ideas--of
dream as wish-fulfillment, of the dream's manifest and latent
content, of the retelling of dreams as a continuation of the
dreamwork, and much more. Joyce Crick's translation is lighter and
faster-moving than previous versions, enhancing the sense of
dialogue with the reader, one of Freud's stylistic strengths, and
allowing us to follow Freud's theory as it evolved through
difficult cases, apparently intractable counter-examples, and
fascinating analyses of Freud's own dreams.
The restoration of Freud's classic is a major event, giving us in
a sense a new work by one of this century' most startling,
original, and influential thinkers.
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other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading
authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date
bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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