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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Franklin Rosemont  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1943 in Chicago, Illinois

-- Franklin Rosemont on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Franklin spent his early years in Maywood, Illinois and entered Roosevelt University in 1962.

Biographical and Professional Information

With his partner and comrade, Penelope Rosemont, and lifelong friend Paul Garon, he co-founded the Chicago Surrealist Group, an enduring and adventuresome collection of characters that would make the city a center for the reemergence of that movement of artistic and political revolt. Over four decades, Franklin produced a body of work, of declarations, manifestos, poetry, collage, hidden histories, and other interventions intended to inspire a new generation of revolution, and became perhaps "the most productive scholar of labor and the left in the United States".

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Surrealism and Its Popular Accomplices
ISBN: 087286121X

City Lights Books. 1980

Andre Breton and Surrealism
ISBN: 090438389X

Pluto Press. 1987

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Lamps Hurled at the Stunning Algebra of Ants
ISBN: 0941194337

Black Swan/Surrealist Editions. 1990

Penelope (Surrealist editions)

Black Swan Press. 1997

Revolution In The Service Of The Marvelous
ISBN: 0882863509

Charles H Kerr. 2003

20 essays by one of contemporary surrealism's major poets and theorists, Chicago Surrealist Group co-founder Franklin Rosemont. These essays focus on the ways in which surrealist perspectives have continued to evolve and expand since the movement's worldwide resurgence in the 1960s. This wide-ranging and well-illustrated collection includes prefaces to international surrealist exhibitions and texts concerning wilderness, the politics of humor, the black radical tradition, and the critique of whiteness - documenting key developments in surrealism's collective evolution. Other essays explore the work of individual poets, paints, musicians and dancers whose creative activity exemplifies the movement's ongoing transformative project. Rosemont remarks in his Introduction: "As a book about surrealism, this is also inevitably a book about freedom, desire, surprise, love, play, humor, black music, painting, collage, dance, film, ecology, subversion, revolt and revolution. Above all it is concerned with the practice of poetry: poetry as audacity and insubordination, a source and method of knowledge, a model for a better society, an adventure and experience that makes all the difference in the world."