Art and culture inspired by a dream or vision, a la Coleridge's Kubla Khan?
September 25, 2009 11:27 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for examples of creative works which seem to have come from a place outside the artist's deliberate, conscious effort (be it the collective unconscious, drug-induced, the subconscious of the author finally culminating, whatever).
posted by lhall to Media & Arts (29 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Famously, Coleridge "received" his poem Kubla Khan while in the grip of an opium high, and wrote it all down upon awakening (or so he claimed, but for the purposes of this question, assume it's true). I can think of a couple of other examples where an author had a waking dream which inspired their work (Mary Shelley and Frankenstein) or where the contents of their work appeared to them fully formed (Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the town of Macondo in One Hundred Years of Solitude). Stephen King also wrote that he wrote Cujo while under the influence, and doesn't actually remember writing any of it.
Do you know of more examples of similar and tangential events, in any medium and for any creative person? Thanks in advance. (And sources for these stories are greatly appreciated if you have them handy!)