What is Surrealism? (1934) - André Breton

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What is Surrealism? (1934) - André Breton

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On June 1st 1934, André Breton gave a lecture in Brussels at a public meeting organised by the Belgian Surrealists. This lecture was issued as a pamphlet immediately afterwards. In it he said:

"Have professed absolute surrealism: Messrs. Louis Aragon, François Baron, Jacques-Andre Boiffard, André Breton, Jean Carrive, René Crevel, Joseph Delteil, Robert Desnos, Paul Éluard, Francis Gérard, Georges Limbour, Georges Malkine, Max Morise, Pierre Naville, Marcel Noll, Benjamin Péret, Gaetan Picon, Philippe Soupault, Roger Vitrac.". -- André Breton, 1934.

Have professed absolute surrealism:

Have professed absolute surrealism: Messrs. Aragon, Baron, Boiffard, Breton, Carrive, Crevel, Delteil, Desnos, Eluard, Gérard, Limbour, Malkine, Morise, Naville, Noll, Péret, Picon, Soupault, Vitrac. [a Wikipedia list of the same here.]

Young's Night Thoughts are surrealist from cover to cover. Unfortunately, it is a priest who speaks; a bad priest, to be sure, yet a priest.

Heraclitus is surrealist in dialectic.
Lully is surrealist in definition.
Flamel is surrealist in the night of gold.
Swift is surrealist in malice.
Sade is surrealist in sadism.
Carrier is surrealist in drowning.
Monk Lewis is surrealist in the beauty of evil.
Achim von Arnim is surrealist absolutely, in space and time
Rabbe is surrealist in death.
Baudelaire is surrealist in morals.
Rimbaud is surrealist in life and elsewhere.
Hervey Saint-Denys is surrealist in the directed dream.
Carroll is surrealist in nonsense.
Huysmans is surrealist in pessimism.
Seurat is surrealist in design.
Picasso is surrealist in cubism.
Vaché is surrealist in me.
Roussel is surrealist in anecdote. Etc.

--http://pers-www.wlv.ac.uk/~fa1871/whatsurr.html [Feb 2006]

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