A major vehicle of Surrealist thought, Littérature would publish some of the most important surrealist texts such as The Magnetic Fields. The title of Littérature was originally proposed by Paul Valéry, who was inspired by the last line of one of Verlaine's art poétique (1874): "And all the rest is literature". André Breton, director and co-editor of the review said that the adoption of this title was done in the spirit of derision.
The first 20 issues extend from March 1919 to August 1921. The "new series," (nouvelle série), was issued after the controversial Barrès case, and impending break with the Dada movement. Presented here we have the full series: 13 issues from March 1922 to June 1924, including one double issue (11/12). This beautiful copy was bound by Paul Bonet for André Breton. The cover has a golden backing, where each letter of the title "Littérature" intercalates with a band of colored morocco and holds the dates of publication.
Associated with this second issue was a letter written by Georges Anquetil (written from the L'infimerie des Prisons de Fresnes-Cellule 25, May 8 1922) which included two poems: "Prison" and "Response to Ronsard: Retort to the Sonnet for Helene". Breton published in this number "The Other Flowers" by Georges Anquetil which is found printed on a card, also inserted within the pages of this review.
Image 1. Cover of number two of Literature new series.
Image 2. Handwritten poem by Georges Anquetil "Prison"
Image 3. Handwritten poem by Georges Anquetil "Response to Ronsard: retort to the Sonnet for Helene" written to the left of the transcribed poem of Ronsard.
Image 4. Poem "The Other Flowers" by Georges Anquetil (with editorial notes written by the hand of André Breton?).
Table of Contents
Germain Nouveau : Les Mains
André Breton : Lâchez tout
Louis Aragon : Asphyxies
Georges Anquetil : Les Fleurs du Bien
Philippe Soupault : Raymond Roussel
Jacques Rigaut : Un brillant Sujet
Roger Vitrac : Monuments
Jacques Baron : Le Masque au Nez de Caoutchouc
QUELQUES PRÉFÉRENCES DE
Louis Aragon - Jacques Baron - André Breton - Paul Éluard - Théodore Fraenkel Max Morise - Benjamin Péret - Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes - Jacques Rigaut Philippe Soupault - Roger Vitrac
|Bibliographical material||Breton Sale 2003, lot 1125. April 1922. In 12|
|Date of publication||01/04/1922|
|Breton Auction, 2003||Lot 1125|
|Keywords||Correspondence, Work notes, Journal "Littérature", Surrealism|
|Categories||Surrealists Manuscripts, Journals|