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Publicity notice for the collection _Po emes_



Author André Breton
People cited Coty, Charles Fourier, Karl Marx, Mathurin Régnier, Paul Valéry, André Breton


André Breton's handwritten publicity notice for Poèmes published in 1948.

The printers proofs for André Breton's Poèmes were signed off on November 20, 1948 and the book published at the beginning of 1949. Wrapped in a paper band with the words "Liberté couleur d'homme" [Liberty the colour of mankind], this volume with its minimalist title is accompanied by a publicity notice written by Breton, of which we here have the manuscript. In it, the poet evokes the criticisms of the late Symbolists against him, before tackling the advocates of ‘poésie engagée’ [‘committed poetry’]: a way of attesting to the fact that his work, in the space of thirty years, never ceased to disturb. [Atelier André Breton website, 2005]

Autograph manuscript, November 1948.

1 page in-4° handwritten, titled and formatted in blue ink by Breton of the text of the publicity notice for Poèmes, published by Gallimard in 1948:

“About Mont de Piété [Pawnshop] (1919), whose title alone irritated the late distinguished Henri de Régnier to the point of prompting him to suggest to the author, in a literary column, that he entitle his next collection Pomme de terre [‘Apple’]..."

Some erasures and corrections. [Auction Catalogue, 2003].

Creation datenov.-48
Physical descriptionMs - encre noire

Bibliothèque littéraire Jacques Doucet, Paris : BRT 105

CategoriesAndre Breton's Manuscripts
Set[AB's Manuscripts] Miscellaneous Manuscripts, Poèmes, 1948
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The Proofs for _Po emes_

André Breton


The proofs for Poèmes corrected in Breton's hand.

143 images, a descriptive note, a collection, a bibliography (to follow).

Poèmes, 1948