The Penguin Dictionary Of Symbols

Paperback | March 1, 1997

byJEAN CHEVALIER, Alain GheerbrantTranslated byJohn Buchanan-brown

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This remarkable and wide-ranging book is an inventory of symbols and the symbolic imagination. The editors and their fifteen contributors are drawn from a variety of scholarly backgrounds—including anthropology, ethnology, psychotherapy and art history. This diversity of approach is responsible for the book's unique character, a reflection of the multiplicity of symbols and signs and the phenomenal range of possible interpretations they offer. This book draws together folklore, literary and artistic sources, and focuses on the symbolic dimension of every colour, number, sound, gesture, expression or character trait that has benefitted from symbolic interpretation. The conscious and unconscious minds are explored, desire and dreams are treated alongside the known and the chronicled. Extraordinary in its range and eclecticism, this dictionary was originally published in French as the Dictionnaire des Symboles, and it is regarded as the standard work on the subject.

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A bestseller in France, where it was originally published, this supremely erudite book draws together folkloric, literary, and artistic sources and focuses on the symbolic dimension of every color, number, sound, gesture, expression, or character trait that has benefited from symbolic interpretation. Illustrations

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This remarkable and wide-ranging book is an inventory of symbols and the symbolic imagination. The editors and their fifteen contributors are drawn from a variety of scholarly backgrounds—including anthropology, ethnology, psychotherapy and art history. This diversity of approach is responsible for the book's unique character, a reflec...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:1184 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 2.01 inPublished:March 1, 1997Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140512543

ISBN - 13:9780140512540

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from All you need to analyze your dreams... I picked up this reference book to help me analyze my dreams. Unlike traditional "dream dictionaries", this book actually helped me analyze my dreams on a very personal, relevant level (versus the superficial and superstitious level of most dream dictionaries). An absolutely essential reference for any Jungian, or anyone seeking deeper understanding of their favourite books, poems, or any symbols we encounter in our day-to-day lives!
Date published: 2008-03-18

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A bestseller in France, where it was originally published, this supremely erudite book draws together folkloric, literary, and artistic sources and focuses on the symbolic dimension of every color, number, sound, gesture, expression, or character trait that has benefited from symbolic interpretation. Illustrations