Faculty Book: Mary Ann Caws

Mary Ann Caws

Surrealist Love Poems
(University of Chicago Press, 2002; 120 pp.)

book cover image Prolific author/editor/translator Mary Ann Caws—her books Manifesto, Surrealist Painters, and Picasso's Weeping Women were all published last year—edited this collection of Surrealist love poems, described as "erotic, impassioned and necrophilic works [that] celebrate the idea of obsessive and transformative love" by Publisher's Weekly. Poems by the likes of art's original "bad boys," AndrĂ© Breton and Paul Eluard, as well as by Philippe Soupault, Octavio Paz, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and Frida Kahlo, are gathered here, accompanied by fourteen lushly printed photos by Man Ray, Lee Miller, and Claude Cahun. ("The embrace of poetry like that of bodies / As long as it lasts / Shuts out all the woes of the world"—Breton.) Mary Ann Caws is distinguished professor of comparative literature, English, and French at The Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: FEB 14, 2002

Category: Comparative Literature, English, Faculty Books, French