Dada & Surrealism
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The Milk Bowl of Feathers
Essential Surrealist Writings
Mary Ann Caws
An exciting new collection of the essential writings of surrealism, the European avant-garde movement of the mind's deepest powers
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Theory of the Great Game
Writings from "Le grand jeu"
René Daumal, Roger Gilbert-Lecomte
This book collects the writings of a radical group of writers close to Paris Surrealism--principally René Daumal and Roger Gilbert-Lecomte--as published in their now legendary magazine, Le Grand Jeu (The Great Game). Le Grand Jeu ran to three issues between 1928 and 1930, before collapsing due to its editors' infighting, drug use...
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TaTa Dada
The Real Life and Celestial Adventures of Tristan Tzara
Tristan Tzara, one of the most important figures in the twentieth century's most famous avant-garde movements, was born Samuel Rosenstock (or Samueli Rosenștok) in a provincial Romanian town, on April 16 (or 17, or 14, or 28) in 1896. Tzara became Tzara twenty years later at the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, when he and others...
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3 New York Dadas + The Blind Man
Marcel Duchamp, Henri-Pierre Roché, Beatrice Wood
Three New York Dadas and The Blind Man relates the story of the triangular relationship between Marcel Duchamp, Henri-Pierre Roché and Beatrice Wood, told in the words of two of its protagonists; and also reprints in facsimile the Dadaist magazine they produced together in New York in 1917: The Blind Man.
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Chanson Dada
Tristan Tzara Selected Poems
Tristan Tzara
Chanson Dada contains all the poems of legendary Dada poet Tristan Tzara (1896-1963) translated by English poet Lee Harwood. Translated as a labor of love over a ten year period the poems encompass the full range of Tzara's works, the results of which...
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Gordon Onslow Ford
A Man on a Green Island
Fariba Bogzaran
This substantial volume is the first major resource on the life and work of Gordon Onslow Ford (1912–2003), the British-born painter who was the youngest member of André Breton's surrealist group in Paris, and who spent more than 50 years in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Zoological Surrealism
The Nonhuman Cinema of Jean Painlevé
James Leo Cahill
Before Jacques-Yves Cousteau, there was Jean Painlevé, a pioneering French scientific and nature filmmaker with a Surrealist's eye. Creator of more than two hundred films, his studies of strange animal worlds doubled as critical reimaginations of humanity.
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Surrealism at Play
Susan Laxton
In Surrealism at Play Susan Laxton writes a new history of surrealism in which she traces the centrality of play to the movement and its ongoing legacy.
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The Novel of the Tupinamba Indian
E.F. Granell
Picaresque novel of the Spanish Civil War written by one of the most important post-WWII members of the Surrealist Movement.
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The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington
Leonora Carrington
Reader, devour me if this quote tickles you at all, "he had golden skin like the corpse of a child preserved in an old and excellent liquor." —Recommended by Cassie & Ivy
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Lost Profiles
Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism
Philippe Soupault
A literary retrospective of a crucial period in modernism—the transition from Dada to Surrealism––via portraits and encounters with its literary lions, including Joyce, Proust, Reverdy, Apollinaire, Crevel and more by the co-founder of the Paris surrealist group.
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The Big Game
Le grand jeu
Benjamin Péret
The first full length translation into English of Peret's Le Grand Jeu (The Big Game, first published in 1928). Benjamin Peret (1899-1959) was one of the founders of Surrealism (with Andre Breton and Louis Aragon). The Big Game was Peret's best known work of the time and is still in print in France 80 years later.
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The Leg of Lamb
His Life and Works
Benjamin Péret
A foundational classic of Surrealist literature, The Leg of Lamb brings together the arch-Surrealist Benjamin Peret's short prose: a smorgasbord of automatic writing and fantastical narratives employing everything from the cinematic antics of Buster...
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Last Nights Of Paris
Philippe Soupault
Written in 1928 by one of the founders of the Surrealist movement, and translated the following year by William Carlos Williams (the two had been introduced in Paris by a mutual friend), Last Nights of Paris is related to Surrealist novels such as...

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