AGE OF SURREALISM by Wallace Fowlle


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An intelligent and competent study of the artistic school of thought which arose between the two world wars. Fowlle treats the Surrealist Movement seriously, contending that it was not only an ""organized movement iconoclastic and revolutionary in nature"" lasting from 1920-1940, but that it has perhaps an ""eternal meaning"" and equals in seriousness the other ""two contemporary movements of communism and neo-thomism"". He devotes some chapters to its conception and separate ones to its various great exponents"" Lautreamont, Rimbaud, Cocteau, Andrew Breton, Picasso and others. He succeeds in giving a lucidity and coherence, and inter-relation to the whole movement, and in removing it from the realm of the comic; and his criticism of individual writers and artists is illuminating. Allowing for the over extreme seriousness with which he treats this aesthetic movement, failing to set it in relation to more vigorous and affirmative philosophies, this book is one that will interest scholars and literateurs, especially of the left wing.

Pub Date: Nov. 15th, 1950
Publisher: Morrow