|GASTON BACHELARD (1884–1962) was one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century. He held degrees in physics, mathematics, and philosophy and regarded knowledge as a result of the interaction between reason and experience. Between 1929 to 1962 he wrote twenty-three books, both on science and on poetic imagination, among them, A NEW SCIENTIFIC SPIRIT; THE DIALECTICS OF DURATION; THE PSYCHOANALYSIS OF FIRE; THE POETICS OF REVERIE; THE POETICS OF SPACE; and AIR AND DREAMS.|
|ON POETIC IMAGINATION AND REVERIE
Selected, translated, and introduced by COLETTE GAUDIN
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Passages from Bachelard's major works are introduced here in excerpts selected by Colette Gaudin, a professor of French literature at Dartmouth College and an authority on Bachelard.