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Text of André Breton’s lecture given during a meeting of the AEAR at the Salle du Grand-Orient on 23 February 1933.

This is a very important document, containing the entirety of a lecture published in Point du jour, and subsequently in the Oeuvres completes, with just a few cuts. 'Regarding the contribution of proletarian literature organised by L’Humanité’ came at a critical moment in Breton's intellectual life (February 1933) when he was still trying to assure the PCF and its offshoots, in this case the AEAR, of his good will. But a common thread lies behind the quotations from Lenin that already represents a clear inclination to save part of bourgeois literature. It is a tightrope walker’s exercise and presages the great liberation of the manifesto written with Trotsky in 1938, in which Breton frees art of any subordination to politics. [site Atelier André Breton, 2003]

Hand-written manuscript signed, sd [February 1933].
- Signed handwritten manuscript of 9 large in-4° pages in black ink on grey paper, folioed, with erasures, corrections and textual collages, in a folder dated by André Breton.
Complete text with fragments not retained by Breton of the lecture he gave at a meeting set up by the AEAR, on 23 February 1933, at the Salle du Grand-Orient, about the contest of proletarian literature organized by L’Humanité. Part of the lecture will be published in Point du jour. (Oeuvres complètes, Volume II, Point du jour, pages 332 to 340 and Notes and variants, pages 1491 to 1505). [catalogue of the sale, 2003 - André Breton website, 2014]

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


André Breton, (Édition de Marguerite Bonnet avec la collaboration de Philippe Bernier, Étienne-Alain Hubert et José Pierre), Point du jour, Œuvres complètes, tome II, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, Paris, Gallimard, 1992, p. 332-340, et Notes p. 1491-1505.

Creation datefévr-33
Bibliographical material

André Breton, Point du jour, Œuvres complètes, volume II ( Edited by Marguerite Bonnet with the collaboration of Philippe Bernier, Étienne-Alain Hubert and José Pierre), Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, Paris, Gallimard, 1992, pp. 332-40, and Notes p. 1491-1505.

Date of publication 1933
Physical descriptionMs - encre noire et placards collés et crayons rouge et violet sur papier gris
Size22,00 x 32,00 x 0,10 cm
Breton Auction, 2003Lot 2182
Keywords, ,
CategoriesAndre Breton's Manuscripts
Set[AB's Manuscripts] Miscellaneous Manuscripts
ExhibitionÀ propos du concours de littérature prolétarienne organisé par L'Humanité
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Conférence par André Breton


Affiche annonçant une conférence d'André Breton et de sa controverse lancée par Paul Vaillant-Couturier, qui a participé à la fondation du Parti Communiste.

Une image, une notice descriptive.

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