Surrealist Painters and Poets: An Anthology / Edition 1

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In 1951 Robert Motherwell published a collection of writings called The Dada Painters and Poets: An Anthology. Conceived as a sequel to that volume,Surrealist Painters and Poets: An Anthology does for Surrealism what Motherwell's book did for Dadaism. The concept and contents were discussed with Robert Motherwell and met with his enthusiastic approval.The essays, manifestos, poems, and texts in this anthology offer a composite picture of the Surrealists — their convictions,styles, and spirit — from the movement's beginnings in France just after World War I to its second flowering in America after World War II. The book includes writers and artists from Belgium, Chile, Czechoslovakia, Cuba, Egypt, England, France,Germany, Guyana, Italy, Martinique, Mauritius, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, Senegal,Uruguay, and the United States. Caws's main criterion for inclusion was that the works be the best and most representative of the different forms of Surrealism.

Among others, the artists and writers include Andre Breton, Marcel Duchamp and Rrose Selavy, Max Ernst, Mina Loy, Francis Picabia, and Tristan Tzara.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The images and texts in this glossy anthology are often startling and almost always beautiful." Boston Phoenix
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
While the lessons of surrealism have been pretty well assimilated by contemporary artists, the encyclopedic inclusivity of this selection, along with its global perspective and attention to women artists, provides plenty of surprises and new perspectives on this unconscious-driven movement. Renowned scholar and translator of French modernism Caws (The Eye of the Text, etc.), whose anthology Manifesto: A Century of Isms has just appeared (Forecasts, Feb. 19), makes her first, necessary act here to ignore what the rather dictatorial Andr Bretonfounder, primary theorist and tireless proselyte of the movementdeemed "surrealist" in his time, and to include work that is not just "automatic writing" or collaborative in nature, the two types of writing Breton championed most. Memoirs, poems, fables, manifestos, games and collaborative works, as well as photomontages, paintings, drawings and odd, scandalous objects, are included by artists well-known and not: Giorgio de Chirico, Man Ray, Philippe Soupault, Hans Bellmer, Kay Boyle, the founders of "negritude" Aim C saire and L opold S dar Senghor, Salvador Dal , Duchamp, Frida Kahlo, Michel Leiris, the underrecognized painter Dorothea Tanning (wife of Max Ernst), Mina Loy, Antonin Artaud, Leonora Carrington and Joseph Cornell make their appearances among many others. Because it leans more toward the painterlyi.e., imagistic and spasmodically creativeside of the movement and less toward the exacting political and philosophical side, the book can seem unfocused, and the lack of scholarly material, such as chronologies or biographic introductions, may leave one in the dark about the minor figures and how they fit in. But Caws's goal (as with Manifesto) is to present an active constellation of work beyond the canonizing and historicizing of the academy, placing the work back in the lap of the creative reader, in the here and now of the culture today. On that level, this anthology succeeds richly. (May) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Surrealism, that wonderful and strange 20th-century arts movement spurred by Andr Breton's pen, continues to influence artists, writers, and the makers of popular culture of our time. Inspired by Robert Motherwell's definitive anthology of Dadaist works, The Dada Painters and Poets (1989. reprint), Caws conceived this book at a companion to her more personal study of the movement, The Surrealist Look: An Erotics of Encounter (1997). Here she collects seminal and complementary materials produced by self-defined surrealists, from memoirs, dreams, and manifestos to games, journal entries, and many representative texts. Over 100 illustrations paintings and photographs of key people and other artworks give the volume a visual touchstone. Although Penelope Rosemont's Surrealist Women (LJ 9/15/98 ) gathers many women writers not found here, and the catalog to the Guggenheim show of the same name, Surrealism: Two Private Eyes (LJ 12/99) offers a more complete visual introduction to the movement, this will make an excellent addition to surrealism collections, as it offers an affordable but comprehensive overview of what in its multiple forms Breton considered poetry, the results of surrealism's "lyric behavior." Rebecca Miller, "Library Journal" Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262532013
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 9/9/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 564
  • Sales rank: 805,028
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Ann Caws is Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature in the Graduate School of the City University of New York and Co-director of its Henri Peyre French Institute. She is the author, editor, or translator of more than forty books in the fields of poetry and the avant-garde.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Surrealist Gathering
Am I A Surrealist? 3
Remembering Jacqueline Remembering Andre 7
The Journey Is Done 21
From The Memoirs of Giorgio de Chirico 25
Lifeline 33
From Self-Portrait 41
Painting Is a Wager 47
Hymn to Liberty 51
Automatic Drawing 59
Oneirocriticism 63
From Paris Peasant 67
From The Fate of La Fontaine 77
Notes from a Diary 85
The Folly Stone 91
The Shell and the Clergyman: Film Scenario 95
The Mountain of Signs 101
From "Van Gogh: The Man Suicided by Society" 103
The Absence of Myth 111
From "What Oozed through the Staircase" 115
The Anti-Plato 117
A Complaint for M and M 121
On the Fantastic: In Painting 123
Age 127
Unclean Night 127
The Sexual Eagle Exults 128
Less Time 129
Lethal Relief 129
The Verb To Be 130
Vigilance 131
Dreaming I See You 132
Ascendant Sign 134
Dear Hazel of Squirrelnut 137
I Am Still Waiting (Answer to Questionnaire: "What Was the Most Important Encounter of Your Life?") 143
The House of Fear 145
Uncle Sam Carrington 148
Serpent Sun 153
The Automatic Crystal 153
The Virgin Forest 154
Sentence 154
Breaking with the Dead Sea 155
The Domain of the Marvelous 157
Artine 159
From Moulin premier (First Mill) 161
From Sens plastique 163
From "Notes" 169
From Babylon 175
Every One Thinks Himself Phoenix ... 177
The Stinking Ass 179
The Great Masturbator 183
No One Remembers 185
From Deuil pour deuil (Mourning for Mourning) 187
Oh Pangs of Love! 190
I Have So Often Dreamed of You 190
Sleep Spaces 191
If You Knew 193
No, Love Is Not Dead 194
Obsession 196
Three Stars 197
From La Liberte ou l'amour! (Freedom or Love!) 197
The Bride 201
Nothing on Earth 205
Cafe du Dome 207
X-Ray 207
Lady Love 209
Second Nature 209
The Queen of Diamonds 212
Identities 213
The Victory at Guernica 215
Dawn 217
From Nuits partagees (Shared Nights) 217
The Hundred-Headless Woman 219
Kafka or "The Secret Society" 225
Poem in Seven Spaces 227
The Brown Curtain 228
Grass Coal 228
Yesterday, the Quicksands 229
Ross' Barrier 231
Healthy Remedies 233
From King Gordogain 235
Letter to Jacqueline Lamba 239
From "Chant III" 241
Twelfth Ring 245
About Fashion 249
From the Heart to the Absolute 253
In the Heat of Inspiration 259
Oh Marcel ... Otherwise I Also Have Been to Louise's 263
Auto-Facial-Construction 266
The Realm of the Marvelous 269
The Destruction of the World 270
Continuous Experience 275
The Passageway of Judiciary Pleasures 279
The Vices of Men 285
They Have Weighed 285
From "Pericoloso Sporgersi" 285
Your Figure or the War against Fat 287
Psychological Aspects of the Fourth Dimension 289
The Bed of Plato 297
Sensitive Mathematics - The Architecture of Time 299
Colors of Childhood, Colors of Blood 301
Poem 303
Harlequin's Carnival 305
Each Speck of Dust 305
Nothing 308
Sketch of the Human Body 309
My Friend's Dog 317
Round the World 317
Without Me Anyway 321
Finally 321
The Volcano-Pyramid: A Mythological Hypothesis Suggested By the Appearance of a New Volcano 323
May - 1941 327
Listen 331
Where Are You 333
One to One 333
The Four Elements 338
Aphorisms 345
In the Corner a Violet Sword 347
Give and Take Twist and Kill 349
The Wool Dress 351
Surprises 355
Dream 355
The Rainbow 356
Interjections 356
Despair 357
From Lord Patchogue 359
Life and Death of the Amorous Umbrella 363
Bertha, the Child-Flower 367
Quadrangle 369
Priimiitiitiii 373
Lanke Tr Gl (skerzoo aux meiner soonate in uurlauten) 373
Paolo Uccello 375
Entries in a Journal 379
Rrose Selavy demande 385
An Eye for a Tooth 389
Speech and Image: An African Tradition of the Surreal 391
The Silent House 393
Twilight 398
One Two or Three 398
Georgia 398
Epitaph: Tristan Tzara 399
Epitaph: Andre Breton 400
To Drink 400
From "Blind Date" 401
Note on Art 411
Note on Poetry 413
Before Night 415
Part XIX 418
Euthanasia - a Cat Kidnapped - Thirty Francs - The Veterinarian 425
Theessentialroar 429
Collective works 433
Intra-Uterine Life 435
Simulation of General Paralysis 436
Simulation of Delirium of Interpretation 440
Force of Habit 441
The Original Judgment 443
From "Barriers" 447
Scenario for L'Age d'or 449
From 152 Proverbes Mis au Gout du Jour 453
The Dog: Parallel Story 455
Surrealist Game 461
About Giorgio de Chirico's Enigma of a Day 463
About Paris 466
Trance Event 469
Dream 475
Dream 479
Dream 483
Some Dreams, 1947-1969 485
I Don't Know How to Cut It Up 497
The Country of My Dreams 499
Dream 505
The Dancer's Story 507
Address to the Pope 511
VVV 513
[Manifesto of umore] 515
Source Notes 517
Index 527
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