Manifestoes of Surrealism

Andre Breton
Translated by Richard Seaver and Helen R. Lane
Presents the essential ideas of the founder of French surrealism


“…as rich, lively, and stimulatingly sensitive a book as the truly catholic lover of the arts could desire.”
– Publishers Weekly
“A magnificent translation of Breton’s collected pronunciamientos, 1924-53.”
– New Yorker
“The translations… of the seminal precepts of the founder of the surrealist movement has long been overdue. In view of the intricacies of thought and language characteristics of Andre Breton’s prose, Richard Seaver and Helen R. Lane’s renderings are remarkably good.”
– Anna Balakian, Sunday Review

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Table of Contents:
  • Preface for a reprint of the manifesto (1929)
  • Manifesto of surrealism (1924)
  • Soluble fish (1924)
  • Preface for the new edition of the second manifesto (1946)
  • Second manifesto of surrealism (1930)
  • A letter to seers (1925)
  • Political position of surrealism (extracts)
  • Prolegomena to a third surrealist manifesto or not (1942)
  • On surrealism in its living works (1953).

Product Details

  • 5.375 x 8.
  • 320pp.
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  • Paper
  • 1969
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-06182-2

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