This delightful collection allows everyone to enjoy firsthand the provocative methods used by the artists and poets of the Surrealist school to break through conventional thought and behavior to a deeper truth. Invented and played by such artists as AndrE Breton, Rene Magritte, and Max Ernst, these gems still produce results ranging from the hilarious to the mysterious and profound.
About the Author
Alastair Brotchie is a founder of the London publishing house Atlas Press, a Regent of the College de 'Pataphysique in Paris, and the editor of books and anthologies on Surrealism, Dada, and the Oulipo.
"Mel Gooding has previously authored books on Bruce McLean, John Hoyland, William Alsop, Patrick Heron, Terry Frost, and Gillian Ayres. He is currently Senior Research Fellow at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland."
"Of great value to teachers, comedy writers and other problem-solvers, this is an illustrated compendium of ways to be inventive, humorous or absurd through irresponsibility or 'planned incongruity.'"— Ballast Quarterly Review
"This extraordinary collection of word games, visual tricks and intellectual assaults on the conventional is a treasure trove of the artistic and socio-linguistic conundrums which the Surrealists—Andre Breton, Tristan Tzara and their associates—cultivated from the 1920s onwards. Its compiler, Alastair Brotchie, is to be congratulated for salvaging such fascinating if recondite material from the various obscure journals in which it first appeared."— The Spectator