Andre Breton: Selections / Edition 1

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Founder of the Surrealist movement, André Breton has also come to be recognized as one of the twentieth century's most innovative and influential poets. The inaugural volume in the Poets for the Millennium series, André Breton offers the most comprehensive selection available in English of Breton's poetry, along with a selection of his major prose writings. The translations, a number of which are published here for the first time, are by some of the most notable poets in our language, including David Antin, Paul Auster, Samuel Beckett, Michael Benedikt, Robert Duncan, David Gascoyne, and Charles Simic. This volume also includes an extensive biographical and thematic introduction by Mark Polizzotti, which sets the poems in the context of Breton's life and overall career.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520239548
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Series: Poets for the Millennium Series, #1
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Polizzotti is the author of Revolution of the Mind: The Life of André Breton (1995), Lautréamont Nomad (1994), The New Life: Poems (1998), and S: a novel (1997). He has translated the work of André Breton, René Daumal, Jean Echenoz, and Marguerite Duras, among others.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Phrases Knocking at the Window by Mark Polizzotti
Key to Translators

Black Forest
For Lafcadio
Mister V
The Mystery Corset
from The Magnetic Fields
Counterfeit Coin
No Way Out of Here

In the Eyes of the Gods
Choose Life
Angle of Sight
from Soluble Fish
Make it so daylight . . .
I Listen to Myself Still Talking
The Writings Depart
The Forest in the Axe
No Grounds for Prosecution
After the Giant Anteater
Free Union
Curtain Curtain
A Branch of Nettle Enters through the Window
Lethal Relief

In the lovely half-light of 1934 . . .
It was going on five in the morning . . .
Always for the first time . . .
Full Margin
from Fata Morgana
Rano Raraku
On the Road to San Romano (version 1)
On the Road to San Romano (version 2)
Le La
The New Spirit
The Disdainful Confession
Three Dreams
from Manifesto of Surrealism
Burial Denied
from Second Manifesto of Surrealism
Simulation of General Paralysis Essayed
The Automatic Message

Selected Bibliography

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