X. B. Saintine (1978-1865) was a prolific dramatist who collaborated
in more than 200 plays with Eugène Scribe and a noted figure of
the Romantic Movement.
The Second Life (1864) was Saintines swan song. This collection
of fictitious dreams, hallucinations and metaphysical fantasies examine
the nature of dreaming from a viewpoint infused by contemporary psychological
science, when the phenomena of dreams and hallucinations had begun to
attract serious attention, but had not yet reduced to Freudian analyses.
The Second Life is a remarkable book, as much in its self-indulgence as
in its strangeness, covering a remarkably wide spectrum, while always
retaining a firm moral anchorage. It is one of the finest and most ambitious
19th century extensions of the tradition of contes philosophiques.
Cover by Mandy
Published by Black Coat Press in May 2018