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[Speech at a meeting on 30 April 1949]



Author André Breton
Person cited Georges Bernanos


Typescript of extracts from a lecture given by Breton at the International Day of Resistance to Dictatorship and War on 30 April 1949.

In various fragments, one of which is typed, we have here the lecture that Breton was to have given at the International Day of Resistance to Dictatorship and War organised by the ‘Rassemblement démocratique révolutionnaire’ (‘Revolutionary Democratic Assembly’) on 30 April 1949. The aim was to oppose the Congress of the Partisans of Peace (Communists), which Breton, taking the role of a "guardian of vocabulary", attempted to show that they were subverting language. And to lead by example: in the typed fragment, a long quotation from Bernanos takes on the value of a declaration of freedom confronting all cant. [Atelier André Breton website, 2005].

Typescript and manuscript fragments, dated 29 April 1949.​​​​​​​
- 1 typescript dated 29 April 1949, beginning with an autograph text by Breton in black ink: "The United States of America, no. A United States of Europe, no. But even if this solution for the moment seems utopian, it is nevertheless the only one: the United States of the World."
- 1 autograph text of 6 lines in blue ink: "It is on this wish to promote a world government that the emphasis must be placed..." [Sale Catalogue, 2003]



- Cahors, Musée de Cahors Henri-Martin, La Maison de verre, André Breton, initiateur découvreur, 20 September - 31 December 2014



André Breton, (Édition de Marguerite Bonnet avec la collaboration de Philippe Bernier, Marie-Claire Dumas, Étienne-Alain Hubert et José Pierre), « La loi des gouvernés », Alentours II, ŒŒuvres complètes, tome III, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, Paris, Gallimard, 1999, p. 988-989.


Creation date29-avr.-49
Bibliographical material

1/8 page in-4° - MS - black ink
1 page in-4° - TS - black ink

Number of pages1 p. - 1 p.
Breton Auction, 2003Lot 2304
Keywords, , ,
CategoriesManuscripts, Andre Breton's Manuscripts
Set[AB's Manuscripts] Miscellaneous Manuscripts
ExhibitionsAndré Breton, The House Of Glass , Allocution au meeting du 30 avril 1949
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