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The Dream Encyclopedia 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1578592166
ISBN-10: 157859216X
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With 250 entries, The Dream Encyclopedia covers the role of dreams from the Gilgamesh epic to the theories of Sigmund Freud. Lewis is the author of The Astrology Encyclopedia [RBB Ag 94] and The Encyclopedia of Afterlife Beliefs and Phenomena [RBB Ap 15 95]. His new work includes scientific information on sleep and information on the place of dreams in religion and anthropology. For example, entries on religions and ethnic groups from around the world discuss the importance of dreams to those cultures. Entries range from one to four pages and end with bibliographies of sources for additional information. Black-and-white photographs accompany many of the articles. Arranged alphabetically, the encyclopedia is easy to use, and cross-referencing is accomplished by using boldface type. A section on dream interpretation, with more than 700 symbols and what they are supposed to mean, follows the encyclopedia. An appendix lists addresses of organizations and laboratories that do dream research. A subject index provides additional access.

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.


"A very convenient one-volume reference on everything you might want to read regarding dreams and dream interpretation...an excellent source of basic information."— About.com

"The Dream Encyclopedia is an aid to both dream interpretation and beginning dream research."— American Reference Books

"easy to use…. Recommended."— Booklist

"Lewis (DePaul Univ.) and Oliver (independent scholar) explore dreams in a cultural, historical, and psychological context. Recommended."— Choice

"Stop spending your waking hours trying to decipher your dreams. Check out The Dream Encyclopedia."— Complete Woman

"Whether one is a serious student of dreams, or wishes merely to peruse the volume for pleasure, one cannot help but learn something about the fascinating world of dreams from Lewis's helpful contribution to the literature on the subject."— Foreword Magazine

"Encompassing all facets of popular interest in dreams, this general interest resource provides a broad overview of contemporary studies of dreaming, and sheds light on notions of dreams from around the world."— Reference and Research Book News

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press; 2 edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157859216X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578592166
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is a little helpful when trying to figure out what something in a dream means. It's cool to see the background for something but it doesn't always necessarily help. The dream symbol dictionary doesn't have enough symbols and I often am finding that the things I am dreaming of aren't in there.
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This book is perfect for anyone who wants to deepen their study of dreams. It is filled with entries that give historical, cultural, even psychological insight into our dreams. I find most dream encyclopedias limiting, because they are too general about the meanings of dreams. They don't take into account a person's experiences. A nameless book I found in England, for example, explains what a Negro represents in a dream. I found that information irrelevant and offensive. This book does have a brief section on dream symbols. I refer to it from time to time, but only as a reference.

In my 20 years of dream work, I have found that the best source for dream symbols is the individual dreamer. You don't need a dictionary, unless you simply want to be entertained. After I bought this book, I tossed every other dream book I had.
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By A Customer on March 16, 1999
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An excellent resource for any lay person looking for infomation on dream meanings and symbols!
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