Nebulous Plotlines

March 11, 2013

You’ve probably heard it before: never end a story with the phrase “it was all a dream.” Unfortunately for the person who taught you this rule, many classic stories (including Anna Karenina) take place at least partially in dreams. In the NYRB, Francine Prose investigates the trope in fiction.

is a staff writer for The Millions. He lives in New York.

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