3 1931–1945: Prewar and War Poetry
Claude de Burine, Aimé Césaire, René Char, Andrée Chédid, Léon-Gontran Damas, René Daumal, Michel Deguy, René Depestre, Mohammed Dib, Louis-René des Forêts, André Frénaud, Jean Grosjean, Eugène Guillevic, Anne Hébert, Radovan Ivsic, Edmond Jabès, Pierre-Albert Jourdan, Gherasim Luca, Dora Maar, Joyce Mansour, Meret Oppenheim, Valentine Penrose, Gisèle Prassinos and Boris Vian
Even as the dark years of World War II approached, Surrealism continued, in a more established, less revolutionary mode. It was during this time, that is, after its initial phase, that women were increasingly included in its ranks. The young poet Gisèle Prassinos, well known for her “automatic writing,” was a favorite of the Surrealists when she was only fourteen. Her stories have a particular twist, as do her poems, one of which is included here. Another poet, Dora Maar, was known only as a photographer and painter, particularly for some of her photographs, such as the very SurrealistFather...