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Anthology of Black Humor

Breton, Andre and translated from the French by Polizzotti, Mark

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ISBN 10: 0872863212 / ISBN 13: 9780872863217
Published by City Lights Books, San Francisco, California, U.S.A., 1997
Condition: Fine - Soft cover
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**First Printing (full # line)** Paperback in a near fine + condition. From the back wrapper ---" Andre Breton (1896-1966), the founder and principal theorist of the Surrealist movement, is one of the major literary figures of our century. This is the first publication in English of the anthology that contains Breton's definitive statement on l'humour noir, one of the seminal concepts of Surrealism, and his provocative assessments of the writers he most admired.". Bookseller Inventory # 000730

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Title: Anthology of Black Humor

Publisher: City Lights Books, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Fine -

Edition: 1st Edition

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"L'humour Noir" is one of the seminal concepts of Surrealism, and Breton's famous anthology is his definitive statement on the subject. It contains provocative assessments of the writers he most admired. Some, such as Kafka, Swift, Rimbaud, Poe, Lewis Carroll and Baudelaire, are well known, but other names will come as a revelation to many - as will the passages Breton includes by writers you thought you knew. Breton's original foreword, considered to be one of his most important theoretical essays, is included, along with his preface to the 1966 edition. For each of the 45 authors included, Breton writes a biographical and critical preface, placing their work in the context of black humour, which, as readers will discover for themselves, is a partly macabre, partly ironic, and often absurd turn of spirit that Breton defined as "a superior revolt of the mind."

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