The Collection

Home Page > Works > Poetry's Great Actuality


Handwritten manuscript written in green ink on pink paper, titled and signed by André Breton, dated November 1934.
Handwritten manuscript of 3 pages in-4° folioed, numbered 1, 2 and 6 in green ink on pink paper, titled, dated and signed by Breton.

‘Those poets since Rimbaud who have been working to free poetry from the rational are well aware (even if they don’t think they know it) that they discovered in the unconscious, or at least in thought influenced as far as possible by the unconscious, some ancient and new sources, and that this brought them a new aim for everyone ... and that it was poets (Lautréamont, Rimbaud, Mallarmé, finally Baudelaire) who said this before Freud…’ (Manuscript folio pages 3, 4 and 5 missing). [sale catalogue, 2003]

 Minotaure, all numbers.

*This entry was translated from the French by Michael Richardson.


- André Breton, « La Grande Actualité poétique », Minotaure n°6, décembre 1934, p. 61-62
- André Breton, (Édition de Marguerite Bonnet avec la collaboration de Philippe Bernier, Étienne-Alain Hubert et José Pierre), Alentours I, Œuvres complètes, tome II, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, Paris, Gallimard, 1992, p. 540-550, Notes p. 1639-1641.


Creation datenov-34
Bibliographical material

André Breton, ‘La Grande Actualité poétique‘, Minotaure issue 6, December 1934, pp. 61-2.

André Breton, Alentours I, Œuvres complètes, volume II, (Edited by Marguerite Bonnet with contributions from Philippe Bernier, Étienne-Alain Hubert and José Pierre), Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, Paris, Gallimard, 1992, p. 540-50, Notes p. 1639-41.

Physical descriptionMs - encres bleue et verte et crayon noir sur papier rose-orangé et bleu

Bibliothèque littéraire Jacques Doucet, Paris : BRT 74

Breton Auction, 2003Lot 2190
Keywords, ,
CategoriesAndre Breton's Manuscripts
Set[AB's Manuscripts] Miscellaneous Manuscripts, [Journal] Minotaure
Permanent link