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Paris and the Surrealists

Melly, George; Woods, Michael (photographs)

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ISBN 10: 0500236232 / ISBN 13: 9780500236239
Published by Thames and Hudson, New York, 1991
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Gilt-stamped paper over boards; dust jacket; 4to; pp. 159, [1], with 104 duotone photo-illustrations. Book is fine, in near fine dust jacket with some light rubbing on rear panel. Bookseller Inventory # D12446

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Title: Paris and the Surrealists

Publisher: Thames and Hudson, New York

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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George Melly provides a narrative of the history of the Surrealist movement and an analysis of its major works in literature.

From Publishers Weekly:

In a volume that is digressive yet evocative of Paris's lure, Melly ( The Life and Work of Scottie Wilson ) attempts to "provide a parallel text" for photos by Woods. Melly is nearest his goal when he reminisces about his decidedly unglamorous youthful wanderings through the city and his 1952 meeting with his hero, esteemed surrealist Andre Breton; Woods's duotone images, their grays so warm as to appear brown, often portray shop windows, monuments, street scenes that one might witness on an aimless stroll or from a seat in a cafe. However, the Parisian spirit at times effectively conjured here is lost during extensive reviews of three books Melly feels best express surrealist ideals and the flavor of Paris: Louis Aragon's Paris Peasant and Breton's Nadja and Mad Love . Overall, this collaboration repeatedly asserts but ultimately does not demonstrate that "although historic surrealism is entombed in libraries and museums, its marvelous phantom still haunts the city of its birth."
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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