Sol Liptzin (essay date 1932)
SOURCE: Liptzin, Sol. “Dream and Reality.” In Arthur Schnitzler, pp. 244-59. New York: Prentice-Hall, 1932.
[In the following essay/excerpt, Liptzin discusses the ways in which Dream Story blurs the boundaries between truth and fiction, reality and illusion, and waking life and dream life.]
The apparent contradictions often encountered in Schnitzler's works result from his anxiety to view each problem from various angles. As the infinite possibilities encased in every situation are unlocked, the sharp distinctions between truth and fiction, reality and illusion, give way. The world becomes surcharged with magic, and our daily scenes take on a semblance of...
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