By no means consider this a complete listing of information concerning
Surrealism and related areas. More listings will be added so excuse the blank spaces for now.
Titles below are in English unless otherwise specified.Surrealist Cinema
Manifestes du Surrealisme (Français)
J. J. Pauvert, Paris, 1962.
Manifestoes of Surrealism
André Breton (English Translation by Richard Seaver and Helen Lane)
Ann Arbor Paperbacks, University of Michigan Press, 1972.
The induced eroticism of one man's mind, this is what started it all. The English translation contains the first and second Manifestoes written by Breton in 1924 and 1929, respectively, transcriptions of a series of lectures given in 1935 and the automatically driven piece, 'Soluble Fish.' Best to read... ah, don't do when in a wakeful, fully conscious state of mind.
Alastair Brotchie, Redstone Press, London, 1992.
(Available through Shambhala Books)
Comes with babboon-embossed, hardcover manual, playing board for
'The Goose Game,' by André Breton and Yves Tanguey, pocket
version of 'The Little Surrealist Dictionary,' and two removable tattos.
It tells of exquisite verbal and graphic delights.
History of Surrealism
(Translation from French: Richard Howard)
The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge MA, 1989.
Gruppo Editoriale Fabbri, S.p.A., 1969.
French Edition: Celiv, Paris, 1990.
Pictures, pictures, collage, decoupage and spilled paint, includes
'Heartfeld the Technician of Collage.' Brief introduction (in French)
details the beginnings of the movement in Zurich with Tristan Tzara,
the movement of the movement to Paris, and some description of
Marcel Duchamp's readymades and their psychological effects on the
Ed. Richard Huelsenbeck (1920)
English translation by Malcolm Green
Atlas Press, 1993.
Rizzoli International Publications Inc. New York, NY., 1988.
Giorgio de Chirico
Rizzoli International Publications, New York, NY. 1989.
Has 20 pages of chronological and biographical information
on de Chirico, and over 100 color plates of his works ranging
in date from 1909 to 1974.
The Memoirs of Giorgio de Chirico
(Memoirie della mia vita)
Giorgio de Chirico,
Translation from Italian by Margaret Crosland
Peter Owen, Ltd., London UK, 1971.
A good text for reading about the nature of de Chirico's character
Ramón Gómez de la Serna
Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, S.p.A., Milano, 1979.
By far and away the best book of Dali's work that I have seen.
It contains nearly 70 color plates of his works plus pictures and a description
of the museum in Figueras, an introductory essay by the author, an interview by Baltasar Porcel, and a chronology of his life through 1976.
Benedict Tashen Verlag GmbH, Kö GERMANY, 1990.
A slim paperback with about 60 color plates of Dali's work,
many of them not found in the book by de la Serna.
The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí
Dial Press, NY 1946. (French)
English edition: DASA Edicions, S.A. 1986.
Dali on Dali.. what more can be said?
Max Ernst, DADA and the Dawn of Surrealism
William A. Camfield
Prestel-Verlag, Munich GERMANY, 1993.
Exhibition catalog for the Ernst show under the same title.
Contains a lenghty introduction covering aspects of DADA
and Surrealism including contributions made by Ernst and others.
Most of the plates are in color, and the endotes associated
with the text and images give insightful views into his works.
South Bank Centre, London, 1992.
ISBN# 1-85332-0870 (soft cover)
ISBN# 1-85332-0879 (hard cover)
Exhibition catalog for the 1992 Magritte Exhibition shown at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art NY, the Menil Collection in Houston TX,
the Art Institute of Chicago, IL and the South Bank Centre in London.
The book contains a very comprehensive listing of Magritte's works,
the majority of which are represented in color plates. The text
gives 'reasonable' interpretations of his works and describes his
relations (often times strained) with DADA and the Surrealists.
Ediciones Polígrafa, S.A.
Harry N. Abrams Inc., NY. 1993.
A BIG.BIG BOOK.BOOK.
Filled with animalitos and blue on blue.
A Toute Épreuve(Français)
Poems by Paul Eluard.
George Braziller, NY. 1993.
The poems by Eluard intermingle directly with the imagery created
by Miró (all woodcuts), leading to a rather pleasing effect.
Remedios Varo : catalogo razonado (Español)
ed. Mexico, D.F. : Ediciones Era, 1994. ISBN# 95-114744
Unexpected journeys : the art and life of Remedios Varo , Kaplan,
New York : Abbeville Press, c1988. ISBN# 87-30855
Remedios Varo, Jaguer, Edouard (Español)
ed. Mexico, D.F. Ediciones Era, 1980. ISBN# 81-104834
Manifestoes and Soluble Fish
Other works include: Arcane, The Immaculate Conception,
La Clé des Champs, Mad Love, The Magnetic Fields,
Conversations: The Autobiography of Surrealism
Translation by Mark Polizzotti
Paragon House, New York, NY. 1993.
Transcriptions of radio interviews with André Parinaud
and others taking place mostly in the 1930s - 1940s. Breton had
a natural paranoia of the media, gained early in his career and,
as with all of his interviews, he prepared beforehand both the questions
to be asked by the interviewee and the answers he would give.
Nonetheless he tells a number of amusing anecdotes relating to
the Surrealist movement and covers a broad array of topics related
to its 'philosophy.' Probably not worth purchasing, but interesting to
A marvelous world : poems
(English and French) Tanslation by Rachael Stella
Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge LA. 1985.
Death to the pigs, and other writings..
English translation by Rachael Stella
University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE. 1989.
Latest Rage the Big Drum: Dada and Surrealist Performance
UMI Research Press, Ann Arbor, MI. 1980.
Though historic in perspective, this book reads well and contains marvelous
anecdotes concerning the performances and twisted antics, ongoing at Cabaret
Voltaire and other performance 'haunts' of Dada and
Ubu Roi: Drame en Cinq Actes
Club de meilleur livre, Paris, 1958.
Ubu Roi, Drama in 5 Acts
Gaberbocchus, London 1966.
Films by Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel
'Un Chien Andalou' (1928), 'L'Age
d'or' (1930). Both available on videocassette. 'Un Chien Andalou'
features other avant-garde shorts including: 'Ballet Mechanique,'
'Regen (Rain),' 'Uberfall,' and 'The Hearts of Age,' by Orson
Welles when he was but 19.
Other films by Luis Bunuel
Ascent to Heaven, The Criminal Life of
Archibaldo de la Cruz, Diary of a Chambermaid, The Discreet Charm of the
Bourgeoisie, El Bruto, The Exterminating Angel, Illusion Travels by
Streetcar, Land Without Bread, Los Olvidados, The Milky Way, Nazarin,
The Phantom of Liberty, Simon of the Desert, Susanna, That Obscure
Object of Desire, Tristana, Virdiana, A Woman Without Love.
Definite Recommendations: Un Chien Andalou, Los Olvidados, That Obscure Object of Desire, Nazarin,
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Virdiana, Tristana
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman.
Sets for the dream sequences designed by Salvador Dali.
Texts concerning Surrealist Cinema
L. Buñuel My Last Breath, Fontana USA 1983
L. Williams Figures of Desire: A Theory and Analysis of Surrealist
Film, UC. Press, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1981.