Manifeste Dada

Manifeste Dada

21 September 2020
Size : 5,35 x 8,50 inches
Condition : A
Reference : 760-7

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A.L.S. to Frédéric Lefèvre, Paris, 21 September 2020. 1 p. in-8. Upper left corner, envelope preserved. 

Magnificent letter, Eluard specifies "I will send your commission to Aragon and Picabia today. As for Morand, he is not in Paris and I don't have his address". He goes on to give a bibliographical reference (1) and the bookshop where Frédéric Lefèvre can buy the book. 

He continued: "Do you know Tzara's 1918 Dada manifesto (2), the most precious of all? You could read it at Sans Pareil, because all the Dada n[umer]os must be out of print.

Frédéric Lefèvre (1889-1949) writer, editor-in-chief of "Nouvelles Littéraires" (1922-1949) and literary critic.

1 F. S. Flint, Some French Poets of To-Day. Monthly Chapbook Vol 1, No 4, The Poetry Bookshop, London, 1919

2 The Dada Manifesto 1918 was read at a performance on 23 July 1918 at the Zunfthaus in der Meise in Zurich. It was corrected and republished along with six other manifestos. This Manifesto is intended to be an anti-manifesto: "His project is polemical: 'I destroy the drawers of the brain and those of social organisation [...]' Tzara rejects the state, the family, religion, academies [...]"(3).

3 Abastado Claude. Le "Manifeste Dada 1918" : un tourniquet. In: Littérature, n°39, 1980. Les manifestes. pp. 39-46.


Eugène Grindel, known as Paul Eluard, was a French poet who was born on 14 December 1895 in Saint-Denis and died on 18 November 1952 in Charenton-le-Pont.

He was a follower of Dadaism, the questioning of the world through absurdity, madness, humour and nonsense.  Paul Eluard became one of the pillars of Surrealism, paving the way for artistic action that was politically committed to the Communist Party.