The Dreamer of Dreams – Illustrated by Edmund Dulac
The Dreamer of Dreams was originally penned by ‘Marie, The Queen of Roumania’, and is presented here, alongside the splendid illustrations of Edmund Dulac. The book starts with the enigmatic phrase, ‘And I dream in my waking dreams, and deep in the dreams of sleep’ – and continues in this fantastical vein. The story tells of a beautiful young artist who dreams a pair of enchanting eyes – and gives up all his work in order to find them. The pervading pathos and melancholy of the story ensures its appeal for both adults and children, with a gentle beauty captured by Dulac’s images.
This edition of The Dreamer of Dreams contains a set of dazzling illustrations by a true master of the ‘Golden Age’; Edmund Dulac. A French artist himself, Dulac had a particular affinity with these old European tales, as well as possessing a rigorously painterly background. This combination ensured the book’s artistic success. Appearing alongside the text, his illustrations further enhance and elucidate the enchanting narrative.