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Selected poems
Breton, André, 1896-1966.
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Poems. English. Selections
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Berkeley : University of California Press, 2003.
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176 pages ; 23 cm.
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PQ2603.R35 A27 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

Author Notes

Andre Breton was born in Normandy, France on 19, 1896 and died on September 28, 1966. Breton was a poet, novelist, philosophical essayist, and art critic. He is considered to be the father of surrealism. From World War I to the 1940s, Breton was at the forefront of the numerous avant-garde activities that centered in Paris.

Breton's influence on the art and literature of the twentieth century has been enormous. Picasso, Derain, Magritte, Giacometti, Cocteau, Eluard, and Gracq are among the many whose work was affected by his thinking. From 1927 to 1933, Breton was a member of the Communist party, but thereafter he opposed communism.

His writings include the first Surrealist Manifesto (Manifeste du surréalisme) of 1924, in which he defined surrealism as "pure psychic automatism". He also wrote Nadja in 1928. Breton died in 1966 at 70 and was buried in the Cimetière des Batignolles in Paris.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Phrases Knocking at the Window by Mark Polizzotti Key to Translators
Merry Way Age Black Forest For Lafcadio Mister V
The Mystery Corset from
The Magnetic Fields Counterfeit
Coin PSST No Way Out of Here In the Eyes of the Gods
Choose Life Sunflower 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 Vigilance
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 War
Dreams Korwar Rano Raraku
On the Road to San Romano (version 1)
On the Road to San Romano (version 2)
Le La Documents Subject
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
Chronology Acknowledgments
Selected Bibliography