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Lost Profiles: Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780872867277
Author(s): Philippe Soupault
Format: Paperback
Year: 2016
Publisher: City Lights Books
Dimensions: 150 x 22 x 210 (w x l x h)
Pages: 112

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Poet Alan Bernheimer provides a long overdue English translation of this French literary classicLost Profiles is a retrospective of a crucial period in modernism, written by co-founder of the Surrealist Movement. Opening with a reminiscence of the international Dada movement in the late 1910s and its transformation into the beginnings of surrealism, Lost Profiles then proceeds to usher its readers into encounters with a variety of literary lions. We meet an elegant Marcel Proust, renting five adjoining rooms at an expensive hotel to 'contain' the silence needed to produce Remembrance of Things Past; an exhausted James Joyce putting himself through grueling translation sessions for Finnegans Wake; and an enigmatic Apollinaire in search of the ultimate objet trouve. Soupault sketches lively portraits of surrealist precursors like Pierre Reverdy and Blaise Cendrars, a moving account of his tragic fellow surrealist Rene Crevel, and the story of his unlikely friendship with right-wing anti-Vichy critic George Bernanos. The collection ends with essays on two modernist forerunners, Charles Baudelaire and Henri Rousseau. With an afterword by Ron Padgett recounting his meeting with Soupault in the mid 70's and a preface by Andre Breton biographer Mark Polizzotti, Lost Profiles confirms Soupault's place in the vanguard of twentieth-century literature.'Philippe Soupault was a central figure in both the Dada and Surrealist
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