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William Archer

Archer was a playwright and critic with a precise, skeptical eye and an interest in dreams. His dream-journal includes some quite funny challenges to the Freudian dogma that every dream concealed a wish; Archer defied Freud to make sense of his dreams, and insisted many dreams are just the mind at play, while others reflect subliminal, even psychic impressions quite external to the dreamer, as in A Prophetic Dream below.

RELATED TOPICS: other dreamworkers of the era: Carl Jung - Sigmund Freud - Yeats - AE (George Russell) - Edwin Muir - E.M. Martin - Mary Arnold-Forster - Havelock Ellis - an earlier mystic influencing both Yeats and AE: Anna Kingsford -- See also the full INDEX OF SUBJECTS.

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CHE FANNO GLI INGLESI?: by William Archer; 1917/7/30, a senseless dream.
To help the King of Italy, I become a baker in Baluchistan--learning Norwegian, levitating, meeting quaggas, riding landslides...
CHESTERTON'S POUNCE: by William Archer; 1920/4/6, a literary nightmare
G.K. Chesterton was a leopard, and he ambushed George Bernard Shaw... Oh, the blood! Why didn't I intervene?
THE GREEN GODDESS: by William Archer; 1919/9/1, a playwriting-idea dream that paid off
I was held hostage in India by courteous revolutionaries who avoided spelling out that we were soon to die...
LIONS AND TIGERS: by William Archer's friend; before 1924, a zootheological dream.
At the zoo, Archer's friend found the tigers caged but the lions roaming free. The reason? Lions fear hell, but tigers...
MISSION TO MACEDONIA: by William Archer; 1919/7/6, a pseudo-psychic dream-within-a-dream.
I dream I'm offered a spy-mission to Macedonia, and realize I dreamt of this last night--a prophetic dream! Then wake...
A PROPHETIC DREAM: by William Archer; 1921/4/24, a quiet predictive dream naming names.
A literary agent--not my current one--is proposing a 'novelization' offer from a writer I've barely heard of. Twelve weeks later...
TUCCOTINE: by William Archer; 1917/1/14, a tasteful dream.
The innkeeper singled me out, insisted I try a strange-looking liqueur, a house specialty called "Tuccotine"...


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