“This is not just another anthology of Surrealist writings. Mary Ann Caws, one of the experts in the field, has put together a highly individual, deeply personal, and wonderfully idiosyncratic collection of writers and visual artists she takes to be ‘surrealist,’ from such classic figures as André Breton and Louis Aragon to artists usually classified otherwise, such as Kurt Schwitters, William Carlos Williams, and--yes--Rrose Sélavy, who has her very own section. Lavishly and superbly illustrated and wonderfully translated, Surrealist Poets and Painters forces us to rethink the movement and define it more broadly. This is at once a scholarly collection and a work of art in its own right.”
—Marjorie Perloff, author of Wittgenstein's Ladder: Poetic Language and the Strangeness of the Ordinary
“Prof. Caws’ balance of comprehensive and passionate appreciation of the Surrealists and their works with authoritative scholarship deserves the epithet marvelous. More than that, her rich, far-ranging, and lucidly written text can be recommended for students and scholars alike as being useful”
—Jack J. Spector,, Professor, Rutgers Department of Art History, author of Surrealist Art and Writing 1919-39.