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Author André Breton
People cited Donatien Alphonse François de Sade, Maurice Heine, Gilbert Lély


Manuscript by André Breton of an article dated 1950 about a text by Gilbert Lely concerning Sade’s letters.

Sade was one of surrealism’s precursors from as early as the 1924 Manifesto, but Breton wrote little about him; this small text on Sade, published belatedly in the Inédits II of the third volume of the Œuvres complètes, celebrates Gilbert Lely's discoveries and the upcoming publication of still unknown texts, of which L'Aigle, mademoiselle was the first to appear. [Atelier André Breton website, 2005]

Handwritten manuscript, 1950.
- 1/2 page in-4° handwritten in black ink by Breton and dated, relating to Sade:
‘As if it were mysteriously to compensate for the incredible severity of the fate he experienced during his lifetime, Sade’s posthumous good fortune is not only distantly to attract interpreters who are most worthy of him, but also to do so on this supremely thunderstruck ground that is his work…’ Erasures and corrections. [sale catalogue, 2003].

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


André Breton (Édition de Marguerite Bonnet avec la collaboration de Philippe Bernier, Marie-Claire Dumas, Étienne-Alain Hubert et José Pierre), Inédits II, Œuvres complètes, tome III, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, Paris, Gallimard, 1999, p. 1123-1124, notes p. 1472.


Creation date1950
Bibliographical material

L'Aigle, Mademoiselle... 

Donatien Alphonse François de Sade

A collection of letters by the Marquis de Sade published in 1949 by the publisher Georges Artigues in Paris.

Five pictures, a descriptive note, a link.

Physical description

Ms - encre verte

Breton Auction, 2003Lot 2315
CategoriesManuscripts, Andre Breton's Manuscripts
Set[AB's Manuscripts] Miscellaneous Manuscripts
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Three pictures, a descriptive note, a link.


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Donatien Alphonse François de Sade

Recueil de lettres du marquis de Sade publiées en 1949 par les éditions Georges Artigues à Paris.

Trois images, une notice descriptive, un lien.