The work does have some flaws. For example, Patricia Garfield is mentioned in the entry Healing and Dreams, but her name is not boldfaced to refer to her own entry. The same is true of Cicero in the article on Rome. One can also quarrel with certain omissions. While there are entries for authors (e.g., Chaucer), Samuel Taylor Coleridge's dream that became "Kubla Khan" is omitted. Some entries suffer from lack of depth. For example, the article Sleep Learning states that memory shuts down so learning cannot take place in sleep but provides little explanation of this beyond references to other sources.
Dreams are a popular subject with at least two other recent works. The Encyclopedia of Dreams: Symbols and Interpretation, by Rosemary Ellen Guiley [RBB O 15 93], is another popular treatment that emphasizes dream interpretation. The Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreaming, edited by Mary A. Carskadon [RBB O 15 93], is a more scholarly work with lengthy articles written by scientists. Lewis' encyclopedia contains elements of both works but duplicates neither. The Dream Encyclopedia is recommended for high-school and public libraries that need a popular treatment of this topic. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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