Foreword to the 1994 edition. -- Foreword to the 1964 edition. -- 1 The house, from cellar to garret. The significance of the hut. -- 2 House and universe. -- 3 Drawers, chests and wardrobes. -- 4 Nests. -- 5 Shells. -- 6 Corners. -- 7 Miniature. -- 8 Intimate immensity. -- 9 The dialectics of outside and inside. -- 10 The phenomenology of roundness
'In poetry and in folktale, in modern psychology and modern ornithology, Bachelard finds the bits and pieces of evidence he weaves into his argument that the house is a nest for dreaming, a shelter for imagining. Beyond his startling, unsettling illuminations of criminal cellars and raisin-smelling cabinets, his insistence that people need houses in order to dream, in order to imagine, remains one of the most unnerving, most convincing arguments in Western philosophy.' -- Foreword to the 1994 ed.