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Nouvelle série, n°4



Drawings by Francis Picabia
Edited by André Breton
Text by Louis Aragon, Jacques Baron, P.-V. Berthier, Benjamin Péret, Philippe Soupault


A major vehicle of Surrealist thought, Littérature would publish some of the most important surrealist texts such as The Magnetic Fields. The title of Littérature was originally proposed by Paul Valéry, who was inspired by the last line of one of Verlaine's art poétique (1874): "And all the rest is literature". André Breton, director and co-editor of the review said that the adoption of this title was done in the spirit of derision.

The first 20 issues extend from March 1919 to August 1921. The "new series," (nouvelle série), was issued after the controversial Barrès case, and impending break with the Dada movement. Presented here we have the full series: 13 issues from March 1922 to June 1924, including one double issue (11/12). This beautiful copy was bound by Paul Bonet for André Breton. The cover has a golden backing, where each letter of the title "Littérature" intercalates with a band of colored morocco and holds the dates of publication.

Associated with this fourth issue are the following documents:

Image 1. The cover of the fourth issue is illustrated by Francis Picabia.

Image 2. Sommary of issue 4.

Image 3. Original drawing by Francis Picabia done for the cover of issue 4.

Visual not available until 2016. Handwritten letter by Madeleine Berthier, written to André Breton about the illustration of the cover.

Images 4-7. Texte manuscrit de Louis Aragon : « Projet d'histoire littéraire contemporaine »

Images 8-12. Texte manuscrit de Jacques Baron : « La Journée des mille dimanche ».

Visuel non-disponible jusqu'à 2016. Lettre autographe de Philippe Soupault adressée à André Breton.

Image 13. Manuscrit de Louis Aragon : « Qu'en dit le préfet de police »

Image 14. Texte manuscrit de Benjamin Péret : « Exposition Chirico »

Images 15-16. Article de presse (recto-verso) découpé et mis entre les pages du journal.

Bibliographical materialBreton Auction 1125, lot 1125.
Date of publication 1922
Publicationfirst publication
Original publication date1922
Keywords, , , ,
CategoriesSurrealists Manuscripts, Journals
Set[Journal] Littérature
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2 Works


André Breton

Manuscrit d'un article d'André Breton qui sera publié dans le n°4 de la Nouvelle série de Littérature le 1er septembre 1922 et repris dans Les Pas perdus.
Une image, une description, des liens, une bibliographie, une bibliothèque.

[AB's Manuscripts] Miscellaneous Manuscripts, [Journal] Littérature


Historique de Dada En Avant ! Francis Picabia

Richard Huelsenbeck

Manuscrits autographes sous chemise cartonnée et titrée « Raoul Huelsenbeck, 1. Historique de Dada, 2. En avant ! ».
19 images, une description, des liens, une bibliographie.

[Manuscripts] Manuscripts and drawings, [Journal] Littérature