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A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE EVOLUTION OF
ON THE DREAM IN LITERATURE
A. J. J. RATCLIFF, M.A.
With an Introduction by
Professor of Education in the University of Durham
My sole excuse for yielding to the author's invitation to write this introduction is the very great interest I have felt in reading the manuscript, for I cannot claim to be in the slightest degree competent to discuss its subject scientifically. The real reason I fear would be discovered by an expert psychoanalyst to be one of self-conceit, for I confess to feelings of that nature when Mr. Ratcliff tells me that it was from chance remarks in one of my lectures, eight or nine years ago, that the idea of this work arose.
My interest in the book will be in one sense shared, I feel confident, by every reader; interest in the skill with which the argument is expounded, and pleasure at having such wide reading so ably and appetisingly laid before one. Seldom, I imagine, has the Freudian theory of the dream been so attractively presented as in the Addisonian myth of the offspring of Mr. Love-in-earlyinfancy and Seeing-an-old-sweetheart disguised as a ballroom slipper. And the, to me, quite novel analogy between the unconscious in words and the unconscious which wells up into our dreams, as exemplified in the American slang extract, is