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Paperback | $47.95 Trade | £33.95 | ISBN: 9780262532013 | 564 pp. | 7 x 9 in | 128 illus.| August 2002

Surrealist Painters and Poets

An Anthology
Edited by Mary Ann Caws


In 1951 Robert Motherwell published a collection of writings called The Dada Painters and Poets: An Anthology. Conceived as a sequel to that volume, Surrealist Painters and Poets: An Anthology does for Surrealism what Motherwell's book did for Dadaism. The concept and contents were discussed with Robert Motherwell and met with his enthusiastic approval.

The essays, manifestos, poems, and texts in this anthology offer a composite picture of the Surrealists—their convictions, styles, and spirit—from the movement's beginnings in France just after World War I to its second flowering in America after World War II. The book includes writers and artists from Belgium, Chile, Czechoslovakia, Cuba, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Guyana, Italy, Martinique, Mauritius, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, Senegal, Uruguay, and the United States. Caws's main criterion for inclusion was that the works be the best and most representative of the different forms of Surrealism. Among others, the artists and writers include André Breton, Marcel Duchamp and Rrose Sélavy, Max Ernst, Mina Loy, Francis Picabia, and Tristan Tzara.

About the Editor

Mary Ann Caws is Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature in the Graduate School of the City University of New York and Co-director of its Henri Peyre French Institute. She is the author, editor, or translator of more than forty books in the fields of poetry and the avant-garde.


"The images and texts in this glossy anthology are often startling and almost always beautiful."—Boston Phoenix
"This volume provides the essential textual soundtrack to one of the twentieth century’s most influential and controversial art movements." , Jeffrey Snowbarger, Booklist