Fellini’s Libro dei sogni

Fellini, Federico, 1920-1993. Libro dei sogni a cura di Tullio Kezich e Vittorio Boarini; con una testimonianza di Vincenzo Mollica. Milano: Rizzoli, 2007.
Art History/Classics New Books f PN1998.3.F45 A3 2007 Library Use Only

Libro dei sogni by Federico Fellini comprises the exact facsimile reproduction of two of his sketchbooks. In them, Fellini, encouraged by the Jungian analyst Ernst Bernhard, took to annotating and illustrating his dreams. The first book comprises approximately 245 pages and covers the period from November 30, 1960 to August 2, 1968. The second, of 154 pages, covers the period from February 1973 until the end of 1982 – twenty-two years, added to which are various separate pages and some notes dated 1990.

The two tomes bound in one therefore embrace three decades. The gap of four and a half years between the two books (with the exception of one or two loose leaves) is a mystery. Some believe that Fellini abandoned the annotation of his dreams in those years while others are convinced of the existence of another sketchbook which was possibly unthinkingly lent to an American scholar or simply lost during a move. In addition to the almost 400 pages which form the two sketchbooks there are a number of facsimiles of miscellaneous sketches offered as gifts for publication in various journals. The miscellany of surreal and mysterious ideas, irrealizable fantasies and precognitions gives us a privileged insight into Fellini’s contemplation of his interior world.

The handsome folio also includes a transcription of the manuscript description interspersed with the sketch or sketches of each dream, arranged by page numbers and including a small reproduction of the relative dream, and the transcription of the text of the published dreams. The volume opens with introductory texts by the editors and a testimony by Vincenzo Mollica on Fellini’s opinion of these dreams, which he considered as strip cartoons waiting for development which formed, in his own words, “all my art, all my cinema." The work concludes with an index of names of Fellini’s films and of the personages mentioned in his dreams.


12 New Reference Books


Here’s a short list of new reference works that have arrived in the past few months. As you’ll note in the location field, not all are shelved in Doe Reference. You can click on the titles to check availability and view the full records in OskiCat.

Dictionnaire de mai 68 / sous la direction de Jacques Capdevielle et Henri Rey. Paris: Larousse, c2008.
Main (Gardner) Stack DC414 .D44 2008

Diccionario de periódicos diarios españoles del siglo XX /Antonio López de Zuazo Algar. Madrid: Editorial Fragua, 2008.
Doe Reference PN5314 .L66 2008

Le guide des prix et concours littéraires / Bertrand Labes.
Monaco: Rocher, 2008.
Main (Gardner) Stack PQ150.L5 L33 2008

Enciclopedia del español en los Estados Unidos: anuario del Instituto Cervantes / Humberto López Morales, coordinador. Madrid: Instituto Cervantes: Español Santillana, c2009.
Main (Gardner) Stack E184.S75 E556 2009
Doe Reference E184.S75 E556 2009

Diccionario panhispánico de citas (1900-2008) / Delfín Carbonell Basset. Barcelona: Ediciones del Serbal, 2008.
Main (Gardner) Stack PN6095.S5 C37 2008

Dizionario veneziano della lingua e della cultura popolare nel XVI secolo / Manlio Cortelazzo.
Limena: La linea, 2007.
Main (Gardner) Stack PC1847 .C677 2007

Dizionario dei comici e del cabaret / Giangilberto Monti.
Milano: Garzanti, 2008.
Main (Gardner) Stack PN2687 .M66 2008

Dizionario di italianismi in francese, inglese, tedesco / a cura di Harro Stammerjohann ; e Enrico Arcaini … [et al.]. Firenze: Accademia della Crusca, 2008.
Main (Gardner) Stack PC2582.I8 D53 2008

Dictionnaire elementaire fraņcais-creole / Pierre Pinalie. Nouv. ìed. aug. Paris: L’Harmattan, 2009.
Main (Gardner) Stack PM7852 .P56 2009

Dictionnaire amoureux des langues / Claude Hagège ; dessins d’Alain Bouldouyre. Paris: Plon/Odile Jacob, c2009.
Main (Gardner) Stack P29 .H333 2009 

Dictionnaire des chansons politiques et engagées / Christiane Passevant, Larry Portis ; préface, Alain Pozzuoli; postface, Serge Utgé-Royo. Paris: Scali; [S.l.] : Distribution Interforum Editis, c2008.
Music ML3918.P67 P37 2008 

Diccionari de la literatura catalana / director Alex Broch. 1. ed. Barcelona: EnciclopÌedia Catalana, 2008.
Doe Reference PC3901 .D52 2008

Album d’une vie

Album d'une vie (Paris: Chêne, 2008)

Victor Hugo Album d’une vie (Paris: Chêne, 2008)

La reconstitution de ce que pourrait être un album photo personnel de Victor Hugo nous fait découvrir l’évolution des êtres qui lui étaient chers et les événements qui ont jalonné sa vie: tragiques, comme la mort accidentelle de sa fille léopoldine et de son mari, ou joyeux comme les vacances passées avec ses petits-enfants. moments de gloire ou d’exil, batailles politiques et combats littéraires…c’est l’intimité d’un homme dont l’existence a traversé presque tout le xixe siècle (1802-1885, auteur, entre autres, des misérables, de notre-dame de paris, des contemplations, de la légende des siècles, de l’art d’être grand-père, mais aussi de pièces de théâtre qui ont déclenché de véritables batailles littéraires (hernani). le chef du mouvement romantique fut aussi un homme politique très influent : député en 1848, il s’oppose à napoléon iii, ce qui le conduit en exil à bruxelles, à jersey puis à guernesey pour de longues années. son retour (en 1870) annoncera sa gloire incontestée dans l’ère républicaine. et c’est la nation tout entière qui célébrera sa 80ème année.

An Electronic Cabaret

Poetry and the Police (Harvard University Press, 2010.

Harvard University Press’ web site makes available a dozen of the many songs that could be heard everywhere in Paris at the time of the so-called 1749 “Affair of the Fourteen” – subject of Robert Darnton’s most recent book Poetry and the Police: Communication Networks in Eighteenth-Century Paris. The lyrics have been transcribed from contemporary chansonniers, and their melodies, identified by the first lines or titles of the songs, come from eighteenth-century sources collected in the Département de musique of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. They have been recorded by Hélène Delavault, accompanied on the guitar by Claude Pavy and provide an audio supplement to Darnton’s amusing inquiry into the infamous police crackdown on ordinary citizens for unauthorized poetry recitals during the reign of Louis XV. Click here to listen to An Electronic Cabaret: Paris Street Songs, 1748-50.

Bibliotheque Bleue Texts Digitized

La plaisante et triomphante histoire des hauts et cheualeureux faicts d'armes, du tres-puissant & tres-magnanime, & tres-victorieux Prince Meliadus (Troyes, 1612).

Thirty-two texts of popular French literature from the Bancroft Library’s collection of Bibliothèque Bleue de Troyes have recently been digitized and added to ARTFL’s Bibliothèque Bleue Online. Hosted by the University of Chicago, the openly accessible database of now 284 separate livrets (booklets) comprises a single searchable corpus for a representative portion of the vast publishing enterprise which was started by printer-bookseller Nicolas Oudot in the early 17th century in Troyes and quickly spread across Western Europe and flourished through the middle of the 19th century. While the length of the texts are usually quite brief and the content varies considerably, they were always aimed at popular consumption. ARTFL’s database, powered by PhiloLogic, includes both the searchable text as well as the digital facsimiles of the often badly worn and cheaply produced chapbooks, which were typically covered in bleue (blue) sugar paper wrappers.

The Bibliothèque Bleue represents a long and storied tradition in popular French print culture. Spanning more than 250 years and involving the publication of mass-produced, inexpensive books that were sold for pennies by colporteurs (peddlers), it comprised texts ranging from the practical (recipes, almanacs, and how-to books) to the pious (hagiographies, prayer books, and other religious instruction) and to the entertaining (fiction, chivalresque romances, songbooks, burlesque), and provides a unique insight into the popular culture of France. The most significant collection (some 2570 volumes) of Bibliothèque Bleue material resides at the Médiathèque du Grand Troyes, whose initial digitization efforts form the basis of the Bibliothèque Bleue Online.

The bulk of the Bancroft’s 92 Bibliothèque Bleue texts were acquired by rare books curator Tony Bliss in the mid-1990s. See The Berkeleyan article from 8/27/97 titled “The Old, The Rare, and the Trashy.” The catalog records for each physical artifact (often bound in the same volume) can be located in OskiCat by searching the title phrase “Bibliothèque bleue (Troyes, France)” or by going directly to the collection entry record which collocates all 45 volumes. Texts chosen for inclusion, a project of the Collaborative Initiative for French Language Collections (CIFNAL), do not duplicate those already contained in ARTFL’s Bibliothèque Bleue Online.

This modest digitization project of approximately 2500 pages of once commonplace yet now scarce historical material involved more people than one might imagine, and plans are underway to add a few more Bancroft texts as well as make the UC Berkeley texts available on the California Digital Library’s Calisphere for even broader use and discovery. This collaborative project would not have been possible without the assistance and support of Tony Bliss, Chuck Eckman, Mary Elings, David Kessler, Steve Mendoza, Charles Stewart, Robert Byler, Randy Brandt, Susan Snyder, Lorna Kirwan, Lynne Grigsby, Sarah Sussman, and the entire team at ARTFL.

Mareschal expert, traitant du naturel, & des marques des beaux & bons chevaux, de leurs maladies & remedes d'icelles. (Troyes, 1781)
Beaugrand, Nicolas [1731]. Mareschal expert,
traitant du naturel, & des marques des beaux
& bons chevaux, de leurs maladies & remedes d’icelles.
Par feu N. Baugrand Augmente d’une seconde partie,
contenant plusieurs recepées tres aprouvées du Sieur de l’Espinet
sic (La Veuve de J. Oudot & J. Oudot, Troyes)

See also:


Andriès, Lise. La Bibliothèque bleue: littérature de colportage. Paris: R. Laffont, 2003.
Main Stacks PQ1125 .A537 2003


La Bible Bleue: Anthologie d’une Littérature “populaire.” / Geneviëve Bollëme; appendice et index ëtablis par Nora Scott. Paris: Flammarion, 1975.
Main Stacks PQ801 .B37

La Bibliothèque bleue et les littératures de colportage. Actes du colloque organisé par la Bibliothèque Municipale à vocation régionale de Troyes en collaboration avec l’École nationale des Chartes, Troyes, 12-13 Novembre 1999 / Réunis par Thierry Delcourt et Elisabeth Parinet. Paris: École des chartes, 2000.
Main Stacks PQ1276.P62 B435 2000

Catalogue descriptif de la Bibliothèque bleue de Troyes (almanachs exclus) / Alfred Morin. Genève: Droz, 1974.
Bancroft Reference Z4.A1 H58 v.7

Martin, Henri-Jean, “The Bibliothèque Bleue: Literature for the Masses in the Ancien Régime,” Publishing History 3 (1978): 70-102.

Sussman, Sarah, “The Bibliothèque Bleue Online: CIFNAL’s First Collaborative Project,” Focus on Global Resources, 28: 3 (Spring 2009).