Au Gran Jour

Wraps, a fair to good copy with a " horizontal tear at the center of the spine, affecting all pages and wraps, the latter separated at spine (or nearly so). The context of this pamphlet is that the five surrealists (above) applied for membership of the French Communist Party. Without going into detail, we can say that this attempt to work together--where the surrealists tried harder than the Communists to make the collaboration a success--it was not a success.A series of such attempts would follow over the years, but this was the first of its kind. In early 1926, the collaboration was coming apart.After defending the surrealists' independence in Legitime Defense, Breton, Aragon, Eluard, Peret and Unik published this series of open letters. Most were signed in holograph facsimile. The first was to Belgian surrealists Paul Nouge and Camille Goemans who already found the Communist Party's notion of Surrealism to be seriously incorrect; the second was to Marcel Fourrier of the French Communist Party organ, Clarte, who tried to bring together the surrealists and the Clarte; the third letter was to non-communist surrealists, reminding them not to pretend that their anarchic principles made them politically equivalent to those surrealists who actually sign up to join the Party; the fourth letter was to Pierre Naville, whose qualities were recognized but whose exact position was hard to determine. The fifth letter was to the French CP, noting that the surrealists did not apply to the Party as surrealists; that the right to criticize must be respected in a revolutionary party; and that the surrealists should not be assigned political tasks that were beyond their area of competence. Throughout the years from 1925 to 1927, it was clear that many members of the Clarte group were totally against the surrealists, and they never changed their opinion that the surerealists were not serious, weere dilettantes, and more. ; 16mo 6" - 7" tall; 28 pp

Title: Au Gran Jour

Author Name: Aragon, Louis; Breton, Andre; Eluard, Paul; Peret, Benjamin; Unik, Pierre

Categories: Surrealism,

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Publisher: Paris, Editions Surrealistes: 1927

Binding: Softcover

Seller ID: 28456

Keywords: Surrealism Communism Radical