Collection comprises ca. 1600 letters (ca. 1921-ca. 1978) sent to Robert Valançay, the French poet and critic, from artists
and writers of the surrealist group. Twelve letters are from Valançay. The collection includes a translation in manuscript
by Valançay, 5 manuscripts by others, printed ephemera, and ca. 50 photographs, most presumably taken by Valançay.
Robert Valançay, born in 1903, was a poet, translator and literary critic who worked with and admired many of the artists
and poets of the surrealist group. His literary achievements are all the more remarkable as he held a "day job" with Shell,
translating as well as making documentary films for the company for many years.
3 linear feet
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