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Mark Twain’s Which Was The Dream? by John S. Tuckey (1967 Ex-Library Hardback)


£40.00

(and Other Symbolic Writings of the Later Years)

Acceptable good reading condition used 1967
First US Edition Ex-Library Hardback.

Published by University of California Press, USA.
Edited with introduction by John S. Tuckey.
Approx dims: 235mm h x 160mm w x 42mm d.

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Mark Twain’s Which Was The Dream? by John S. Tuckey

(and Other Symbolic Writings of the Later Years)

Condition and Description:

Acceptable good reading condition used 1967 First US Edition Ex-Library Hardback.

Published by University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles, USA.
Edited with introduction by John S. Tuckey.
Approx dims: 235mm h x 160mm w x 42mm d.

Intact, slightly grubby condition dust jacket with slight creasing to edges and some signs of handling. Intact rubbed DJ spine. DJ within protective Mylar sleeve. DJ over intact used condition khaki cloth boards with rubbed spine. 588 clean, slightly tanned inside pages of English text, no inscriptions. There are Library stamps to some inside pages. Page ends tanned with foxing and Library stamp to vertical page ends. Image shown is actual book for sale.

Synopsis of Mark Twain’s Which Was The Dream? by John S. Tuckey:

All of these selections in this volume were composed between 1896 and 1905. Mark Twain wrote them after the disasters of the early and middle nineties that had included the decline into bankruptcy of his publishing business, the failure of the typesetting machine in which he invested heavily, and the death of his daughter Susy. Their principal fable is that of a man who has been long favoured by luck while pursuing a dream of success that has seemed about to turn into reality. Sudden reverses occur and he experiences a nightmarish time of failure. He clutches at what may be a saving thought: perhaps he is indeed living in a nightmare from which he will awaken to his former felicity. But there is also the possibility that what seems a dream of disaster may be the actuality of his life.

The question is the one asked by the titles that he gave to two of his manuscripts: “Which Was the Dream?” and “Which Was It?” He posed a similar question in 1893: “I dreamed I was born, and grew up, and was a pilot on the Mississippi, and a miner and journalist…and had a wife and children…and this dream goes on and on and on, and sometimes seems so real that I almost believe it is real. I wonder if it is?” Behind this naive query was his strong interest in conscious and unconscious levels of mental experience, which were then being explored by the new psychology.

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