Robert Desnos

Desnos, Robert

French surrealist poet (1900-1945). 2 Autograph letters signed, 4 autograph postcards signed an 1 typed letter signed. Paris. 4to and 8vo. 9 pp. plus enclosures.
$ 15,162 / 14.000 € (93589)

Important archive concerning Robert Desnos’ intervention with Dr. Ferdière to have Antonin Artaud accepted at Rodez psychiatric hospital. „Je suis allé à Ville Evrard jeudi, Artaud devant partir le lendemain vendredi 22. Je l'ai trouvé en pleine délire parlant comme Saint Jérome et ne voulant plus partir parce qu'on l'éloignait des forces magiques qui travaillent pour lui.“ [translated: I went to Ville Evrard on Thursday, with Artaud supposed to leave the next day, Friday the 22nd.

I found him in full delirium, speaking like Saint Jerome and not wanting to leave anymore because he was being moved away from the magical forces working for him.]“ - „[…] j'ai persuadé sa mère de ne pas tenir compte de ces discours et de le laisser partir je suis sûr qu'il sera mieux chez vous. Mais il parait bien installé dans ses fantasmes et difficile à guérir […]“ [translated: I persuaded his mother not to pay attention to these speeches and to let him go. I am sure he will be better with you. But he seems well entrenched in his fantasies and difficult to cure […]“ Three autographed letters signed by Dr. Ferdière to Robert Desnos in 1942-1943 are attached, providing advice regarding Antonin Artaud for his arrival in early 1943 at Rodez..

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Desnos, Robert

French surrealist poet (1900-1945). Autograph manuscript „La Tristesse d’Olympio“ signed. no place, no date. 4to. 6 pp.
$ 6,498 / 6.000 € (93590)

Autograph manuscript of 22 quatrains, parodying Victor Hugo's eponymous poem a little and alluding to the painter Foujita, who was the companion of Youki Desnos. „Il mit dans sa valise un paquet de tabac Quatre mouchoirs brodés et deux chemises blanches. A la concierge il dit: Je pars là bas Se fit conduire en fiacre à la gare du Nord“ [translated: He packed in his suitcase a packet of tobacco Four embroidered handkerchiefs and two white shirts. To the concierge, he said: I am leaving for there Was driven in a cab to Gare du Nord“ - „Il voulut revoir la Rotonde Montparnasse Et la Place Pigalle et le café Anglais le bar de l'Opéra ou s'abreuvait Pégase.

Les chiens du souvenir lui mordaient les mollets“ [transl. He wanted to see again the Rotunda Montparnasse And the Place Pigalle and the Café Anglais, the bar of the Opera where Pegasus drank. The dogs of memory were biting his calves[. Published in the Incognito magazine in May 2017 by Editions du Petit véhicule with a study by Étienne-Alain Hubert..

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Desnos, Robert

French surrealist poet (1900-1945). "Yvonne George". Autograph manuscript. N. p. 8vo. 6 pp.
$ 13,538 / 12.500 € (47166/BN31851)

Manuscript of poem from the great Surrealist poet to his long-time muse, the Belgian actress and singer Yvonne George. Written on six loose leaves of faded notebook paper, it is a moving testament to his obsession and unrequited love for a woman who inspired two collections of poetry and figured a major artistic inspiration in his life.

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