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Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams (Die Traumdeutung) was published in November 1899, though postdated by the publisher to 1900. It explores why we dream and why dreams matter in our psychological lives. Delving into theories of manifest and latent dream content, the special work of dreams, dreams as wish fulfillments, and much more, Freud offers an incisive and enduringly relevant examination of dream psychology. Encompassing dozens of case histories and detailed analyses of actual dreams, this landmark work grants us unique insight into our sleeping experiences.
Its muted but respectful reception by reviewers disappointed Freud’s hopes and led him to complain unjustly that it had been ignored. For Freud, it was and remained the central book of his prolific career. In 1932 he wrote, in the preface to the third English edition: “It contains, even according to my present-day judgement, the most valuable of all the discoveries it has been my good fortune to make. Insight such as this falls to one’s lot but once in a lifetime”.