The Poetics of Space

Gaston Bachelard

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A beloved multidisciplinary treatise comes to Penguin Classics .

Since its initial publication in 1958, The Poetics of Space has been a muse to philosophers, architects, writers, psychologists, critics, and readers alike. The rare work of irresistibly inviting philosophy, Bachelard’s seminal work brims with quiet revelations and stirring, mysterious imagery. This lyrical journey takes as its premise the emergence of the poetic image and finds an ideal metaphor in the intimate spaces of our homes. Guiding us through a stream of meditations on poetry, art, and the blooming of consciousness itself, Bachelard examines the domestic places that shape and hold our dreams and memories. Houses and rooms; cellars and attics; drawers, chests, and wardrobes; nests and shells; nooks and corners: No space is too vast or too small to be filled by our thoughts and our reveries. In Bachelard’s enchanting spaces, “We are never real historians, but always near poets, and our emotion is perhaps nothing but an expression of a poetry that was lost.”

This new edition features a foreword by Mark Z. Danielewski, whose bestselling novel House of Leaves drew inspiration from Bachelard’s writings, and an introduction by internationally renowned philosopher Richard Kearney who explains the book’s enduring importance and its role within Bachelard’s remarkable career.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Gaston Bachelard

GASTON BACHELARD nasceu em 1884, em Bar-sur-Aube, e faleceu em Paris em 1962. Licenciado em matemáticas, foi professor de ciências (1919-1930), num colégio da sua cidade natal, onde também teve que leccionar Filosofia, tomando aí o gosto por esta disciplina, à qual nunca mais deixou de se dedicar. Empreendendo novos estudos, torna-se agregado de Filosofia em 1922 e em 1928 publica as suas primeiras teses. A partir de 1930 torna-se professor na faculdade de Letras de Dijon e em 1940 na Sorbonne. Entrou para a Academia das Ciências morais e políticas em 1955 e obteve o Grande Prémio Nacional das Letras em 1961.

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