BRETON André (1896-1966)

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BRETON André (1896-1966)

L.A.S. "André Breton", New York October 31, 1945, to Alain GHEERBRANT; 1 page in-4 very full of tight handwriting.
Nice letter on the hopes of André Breton in 1945.
Unreserved praise to Alain Gheerbrant for his collection of poems
L'Homme ouvert (Fontaine, 1945) and its fragments of "La Découverte poétique": "What represents for me the luck of 1945, with what it always brings a little beyond hope, is you. ...] it seems to me that life is finally taking its revenge", and he assures Gheerbrant of his full support. He mentions drawings sent by Matta, articles in preparation; Marcel Jean will help Gheerbrant "in the writing of the critical part of Vrille". Breton wishes to correct his friend's opinion on SARTRE and Maurice BLANCHOT. "Sartre, whom I saw at some length in New York, seemed to me accessible and finally not hostile.
I heard him regret quite kindly and simply that he had never been able to write a poem". And Blanchot gave in L'Arche "one of the most conscientious articles ever published on surrealism (it barely mentions poetry, but surrealism can also be approached from this angle). I also believe that existentialism deserves from us better than a summary end of no. We would retain only the effort made, notably by JASPERS, to found human responsibility, which has been so long lacking that we still owe it some respect". Breton is going to send to Henri Parisot "the manuscript and the presentation model of the Ode to Charles Fourier"...
André Breton's book, Yves Tanguy (New York, Pierre Matisse
Editions, 1946) is attached; in-4, publisher's cardboard (damaged spine), numerous reproductions of Tanguy's works, edition of 1200 copies (plus a few press copies), signed by André Breton on the receipt and sent to Alain Gheerbrant.
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