Manifestoes of Surrealism
Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1969. Octavo. Red cloth boards lightly scuffed at the crown and heel of the spine in an unclipped dust wrapper with mild soil, slightly toned over the spine. 304 pages. First edition. Near fine.
Here, for the first time in English, are the major documents of Surrealism penned by its most compelling practitioner. Essential documents chronicling the history of that avant-garde movement, also to be cherished as literature and radical politics. Breton, a wild dreamer, studied mental illness in med school till he was drafted, labored as an artist in a wide array mediums, was expelled from the French Communist Party in 1933, got called a pederast by a Soviet journalist who he later slapped in the street, died as an anti-imperial anarchist.
"There is still a great deal to say, but I did want to touch lightly, in passing, upon a subject which in itself would require a very long exposition with a different precision. I shall return to it. For the time being my intention has been to see that justice was done to that hatred of the marvellous which rages in certain men, that ridicule under which they would like to crush it. Let us resolve, therefore: the Marvellous is always beautiful, everything marvellous is beautiful. Nothing but the Marvellous is beautiful."