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The history of surrealism

Author: Maurice Nadeau
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1989.
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"I believe," Andre Breton said, "in the future resolution of the states of dream and reality -- in appearance so contradictory -- in a sort of absolute reality, or surrealite." The Surrealist movement, born in the 1920s out of the ferment of Dada, committed to revolution against bourgeois rationalism, and inspired by Freudian exploration of the unconscious, has reverberated more widely and deeply than perhaps any  Read more...
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Nadeau, Maurice.
History of surrealism.
Cambridge, Mass. : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1989
(OCoLC)988367897
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maurice Nadeau
ISBN: 0674403452 9780674403451
OCLC Number: 18715574
Notes: Translation of: Histoire du surréalisme.
Description: 351 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Note to the 1989 edition / Roger Shattuck --
Introduction : Love and laughter : surrealism reappraised / Roger Shattuck --
Foreword / Maurice Nadeau --
Part one : The elaboration. The war --
The poets in the war --
Dada --
The stimulators of surrealism --
Part two : The heroic period, 1923-1925. The period of trances --
The foundation of the movement --
First weapons --
The Moroccan War --
Part three : The analytical period, 1925-1930. The Naville crisis --
Au grand jour --
The year of achievements --
The crisis of 1929 --
In the service of the revolution --
Part four : The period of autonomy, 1930-1939. The Aragon affair --
Dali and paranoia criticism --
Surrealist politics --
Toward a surrealist art --
War again --
Part five : Epilogue. Breton in the United States --
Conclusions --
Thirteen years later --
Part six : Famous manifestos and documents. 1924. A corpse --
1925. Open letter to M. Paul Claudel --
Declaration of January 27, 1925 --
1926. Legitimate defense September 1926 --
1927. With your permission --
Hands off love --
1928. Objective chance : divination --
1929. Notes on poetry --
1930. A corpse --
Andre Breton : second surrealist manifesto --
The surrealist conception of sexual freedom --
Madness : an attempt to stimulate general paralysis --
1931. Free union --
Red front --
1932. The poverty of poetry : the Aragon affair before public opinion --
The poet's function --
1933. Monsieur AA, antiphilosopher --
1935. Salvador Dali's concrete irrationality by paranoia criticism --
1936. Hello --
Head against the walls --
1937. Beauty will be convulsive or will not be at all --
L'amour fou, l'amour unique --
Principal works in which the surrealist spirit has been manifested : an unsystematic bibliography --
Surrealist periodicals, manifestos, tracts, leaflets, catalogues, films, and critical works --
Biographical notes.
Other Titles: Histoire du surréalisme.
Responsibility: by Maurice Nadeau ; translated from the French by Richard Howard ; with an introduction by Roger Shattuck.

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"I believe," Andre Breton said, "in the future resolution of the states of dream and reality -- in appearance so contradictory -- in a sort of absolute reality, or surrealite." The Surrealist movement, born in the 1920s out of the ferment of Dada, committed to revolution against bourgeois rationalism, and inspired by Freudian exploration of the unconscious, has reverberated more widely and deeply than perhaps any other art movement in our century. Its automatism, biomorphic shapes, visionary mode, and manipulation of found objects mark the work of artists as different as Ernst, Miro, Magritte, and Dali. Maurice Nadeau's History of Surrealism, first published in French in 1944 and in English in 1965, has become a classic. It is both lucid and authoritative -- by far the best overall account of this complex movement. - Back cover.

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