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On Jacques Viot, see Patrice Allain’s introduction to Viot’s Poèmes de guerre. The Scottsboro case is noted by Breton and Péret in “Revue de la presse,” 24; by Etienne Léro in Légitime défense; and in other surrealist writings. Nancy Cunard was especially energetic in the campaign and devotes much space to it in the Negro Anthology. The “Appeal to Struggle” is included in Pierre, Tracts surréalistes, 263–264. As early as October 1927, Breton roundly criticized the French Communist Party and one of its central figures, Henri Barbusse, in the pamphlet Légitime défense.
His highly imaginative excursions into the realm of critical analysis—in Le Surréalisme au Service de la Révolution, Documents 34, and Minotaure—significantly enrich the corpus of surrealist theory. His best-known essay—on the significance of surrealism in the struggle against fascism—is comparable in many respects to the work of maverick psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich (then unknown in France). Surrealist criticism, especially of culture (in the largest sense of the term) was also the specialty of René Ménil, whose essays in the 1930s, and later in Tropiques, were much admired by Breton.
Ibid. Damas, in Continuities (Autumn 1974), 263. See also Daniel Racine, LéonGontran Damas (1979), 186. Ménil, reprint of Tropiques, 1979. Henri Pastoureau, letter to Franklin Rosemont, July 30, 1989. Henri Pastoureau, letter to Franklin Rosemont, June 18, 1989. See also Pastoureau’s Ma vie surréaliste. Kesteloot, Les ecrivains noirs de langue française, 44. Antoine, Les ecrivains français et les Antilles, 363. Damas, Continuities, 262. Ted Joans, Teducation, 210–211. Two poems by Simone Yoyotte, with commentary on her work, are included in Penelope Rosemont, Surrealist Women, 66–68.