Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams is a collection of short stories by deceased poet and writer Sylvia Plath. It was initially published in 1977 as a collection of thirteen short stories, including the title story.
As more of Plath's work was unearthed down the years, a second edition was published with many new stories. The second edition is split into four parts, and includes many new stories, some of which were very personal to Plath. As Plath's husband at the time of her death in 1963, fellow poet and writer Ted Hughes managed the publication and distribution of all her unpublished works, including her poetry.
English Band Tears for Fears has a song named after this work in their album The Seeds of Love.
Famous quotes containing the words dreams, panic and/or johnny:
“What is love itself,
Even though it be the lightest of light love,
But dreams that hurry from beyond the world
To make low laughter more than meat and drink,
Though it but set us sighing?”
—William Butler Yeats (18651939)
“Panic and emptiness! Panic and emptiness!”
—E.M. (Edward Morgan)
“Did Johnny look flashy?
Yes, his white-on-white shirt and tie were luminous.
His trousers were creased like knives to the tops of his shoes
And his yellow straw hat came down to his dark glasses.”
—David Wagoner (b. 1926)