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Author Nadeau, Maurice
Title Histoire du surréalisme. English
The history of surrealism / by Maurice Nadeau ; translated from the French by Richard Howard ; with an introduction by Roger Shattuck
Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1989
book jacket
 Euro-Am 3F Western Mat.  709.04063 N123 1989    AVAILABLE    30500100453722
 RCHSS Library  BH301.S75 N134    AVAILABLE    30560400045255
Descript 351 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
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Note Translation of: Histoire du surréalisme
Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-335) and index
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
"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
Link Online version: Nadeau, Maurice. Histoire du surréalisme. English. History of surrealism. Cambridge, Mass. : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1989 (OCoLC)988367897
Subject Surrealism -- History
Arts, Modern -- 20th century -- History
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