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Manuscript of an article written by André Breton at the request of Laura Betti, 2 February 1962.

‘Empty Tower’ (‘Tour à vide’) is the name of the show being promoted here. It featured the Italian singer and actor Laura Betti, a friend of Moravia [and of Pasolini], who performed at the Comédie de Paris [situated at 42, rue Fontaine] in February 1962. Somewhat forgotten now, for a few years, before the pop era, Betti could have been considered Italy’s answer to Juliette Gréco. [Atelier André Breton website, 2005]

Signed handwritten manuscript, 2 February 1962.
1 in-4° page manuscript in ink, titled, dated and signed Breton with a few deletions and corrections of a text relating to a recital by Laura Betti at the Comédie de Paris.
‘If you have never seen a storm in a teacup (no longer in a figurative but in a physical sense of the phrase) why wait to go and cheer Laura Betti in what she calls, surely ironically, her empty tower.’
Published in Candide on 8 February 1962. [Auction catalogue, 2003]


Translated by Krzysztof Fijalkowski


« Breton séduit par un genou », in Candide, 8 février 1962

André Breton (Édition publiée sous la direction d'Étienne-Alain Hubert avec la collaboration de Philippe Bernier et Marie-Claire Dumas), « Laura aimantée », Alentours, Œuvres complètes, tome IV, Écrits sur l'art et autres textes, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, Paris, Gallimard, 2008, page 1118, notice p. 1465.


Creation date02-févr.-62
Bibliographical material

‘Breton séduit par un genou’ [‘Breton seduced by a knee’], in Candide, 8 February 1962

André Breton, ‘Laura aimantée’, AlentoursŒuvres complètes, volume IV, Écrits sur l'art et autres textes (edition established by Marguerite Bonnet and edited by Étienne-Alain Hubert with contributions from Philippe Bernier and Marie-Claire Dumas), Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, Paris, Gallimard, 2008, p. 1118, notes p. 1465.

Date of publication 08/02/1962
Physical descriptionMs - encre bleue
Number of pages1
Breton Auction, 2003Lot 2503
Keywords, , ,
CategoriesManuscripts, Andre Breton's Manuscripts
Set[AB's Manuscripts] Manuscripts 1958-1966
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