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'... Grant us extraordinary grace, O Spirit hidden in the dark in us and deep, And bring to light the dream out of our sleep.' from 'Kyrie' (Selected Poems) David Gascoyne's death in November 2001 was marked by the lead obituaries in all the British broadsheets as well as in Le Monde. As a poet and translator he had been internationally renowned since the 1930s. He was the first chronicler in English of the Surrealist movement, and an essayist and reviewer of dazzling range. His association with Enitharmon Press dates back to 1970 and in the past decade there have been eight publications which will be a lasting testament of his importance. ALSO BY DAVID GASCOYNE Selected Poems Selected Prose 1934-1996 Selected Verse Translations

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An insider's view of surrealism during the heroic period 25 Dec. 2006
By J from NY - Published on
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This book, along with Desnos' "Liberty or Love" and Soupault's "The Last Nights of Paris", is probably one of the most important texts on the Surrealist movement of the 1930's from the perspective of not only a member, but a president of the club--Gascoyne would later, with his "Journals" and a handful of interviews he gave, be one of the only impartial critics of the movement as it existed during a period of legendary poetic discovery.

On the other hand, for enthusiasts of David Gascoyne's work itself apart from the Surrealist influence, this may be a bit disappointing. Gascoyne was young when he wrote this and was still a little naive about the red tape he would encounter later with Breton and the gang, being a Christian-Muslim-mystic and having some strength of personality. I was actually surprised that in this text he backed up Breton's Second Manifesto, which ultimately destroyed the movement by ejecting its most valuable members. Later on he would say of Breton: "He was a Trotskyist and you didn't argue with him for long. All the same, Breton was to Surrealism what Freud was to Psychoanalysis."

The youthful naivete notwithstanding, Gascoyne's feverish passion for all things rebellious and surreal makes you feel as though you are there with him in the streets of Paris when the spirit of Rimbaud and Lautreamont were resurrected by a few men who got sick of war, drudgery, and society's determination to make everything banal.
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A Short Survey of Surrealism 15 Feb. 2006
By cortezhill - Published on
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David Gascoyne's classsic text of 1935 was the first comprehensive work on Surrealism to be published in English. His membership of the Surrealist movement and his association with its leading members - among them Andre Breton, Paul Eluard, Mac Ernst, and Salvador Dali - placed him in an ideal position to witness and record the development and significance of its foremost writers and artists. David Gascoyne lived in France in 1937-39, 1947-8 and 1953-64, during which time he became one of the most distinguished of British poets and translators. He now lives on the Isle of Wight. --- from book's back cover
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