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André Breton's handwritten notes from 1940.

‘If there were nothing but war’... And these notes, torn from the notebook in which Breton had cast them during the spring of 1940, are indeed notebooks from the phoney war. We can see almost completed poems among a few names of students or colleagues from Poitiers (where Breton was an auxiliary doctor) and a fleeting mention of the large section in italics inserted in Fata Morgana: ‘A great man engaged along a perilous path’. [Atelier André Breton website, 2005]

Handwritten manuscripts, sd [1940]
- 8 independent in-18 pages from a notebook of notes handwritten by Breton in green ink and black pencil.
Draft poems, names of soldiers and two astrological themes.
‘Blood doesn’t smell. It is made of all the wicks of the lamps, blood untied on the tongue by tiny galleries...’ [sale catalogue, 2003]

*This entry was translated from the French by Michael Richardson.


- André Breton (Édition de Marguerite Bonnet avec la collaboration de Philippe Bernier, Étienne-Alain Hubert et José Pierre), Fata Morgana, Œuvres complètes, tome II, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, Paris, Gallimard, 1992, p. 1191

- André Breton, Inédits II, p. 1286.

Creation dateprintemps 1940
Bibliographical material

8 pages in-18°

Physical description

Ms - encre verte et crayon noir

Breton Auction, 2003Lot 2230
CategoriesAndre Breton's Manuscripts
Set[AB's Manuscripts] Miscellaneous Manuscripts
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