Acheron Press was established by Neel Burton for the purpose of producing and publishing challenging, thought-provoking books without the several constraints of a commercial, sales-driven approach.
The name ‘Acheron’ was inspired by a verse from Vergil’s Aeneid :
Flectere si nequeo superos, Acheronta movebo
The line is often translated as, ‘If I cannot bend Heaven, I shall move Hell’, and was chosen by Freud as the epigraph to his Interpretation of Dreams.
According to the psychoanalyst Bruno Bettelheim, the line encapsulates Freud’s theory that people who have no control over the outside world turn inward to the underworld of their own minds.
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Books published by Acheron Press are distributed by NBN International in the UK and Europe, and by Chicago Distribution Centre in the USA.