Mary Ann Caws
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Mary Ann Caws (born 1933) is an American author, art historian and literary critic.
She is currently Distinguished Professor of English, French and Comparative Literature at the Graduate School of the City University of New York. She is an expert on Surrealism and modern English and French literature, having written biographies of Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf, and Henry James. She works on the interrelations of visual art and literary texts, has written biographies of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, edited the diaries, letters, and source material of Joseph Cornell. She has also written on André Breton, Robert Desnos, René Char, Yves Bonnefoy, Robert Motherwell, and Edmond Jabès. She served as the senior editor for the HarperCollins World Reader, and edited anthologies on Manifestos - Isms, Surrealism, Twentieth Century French Literature. Among others, she has translated Stéphane Mallarmé, Tristan Tzara, Pierre Reverdy, André Breton, Paul Éluard, Robert Desnos, and René Char.
Among the positions she has held are President, Association for Study of Dada and Surrealism, 1971–75 and President, Modern Language Association of America, 1983, Academy of Literary Studies, 1984-5, and the American Comparative Literature Association, 1989-91.
She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University.
In October 2004, she published her autobiography, To the Boathouse: a Memoir (University Alabama Press), and in November 2008, a cookbook memoir: "Provencal Cooking: Savoring the Simple Life in France" (Pegasus Books). Forthcoming are her edition of Pierre Reverdy (with 14 translators), New York Review Books, and the Modern Art Cookbook (Reaktion Books).
' - the large and well-captioned picture section [ - ] shows us how various the art produced by the movement was, from Dalí's sharp, mesmeric figurations to Miró's strange constellation of images.' Frank Whitford, Sunday Times '[an] attractive mixture of analysis, images and texts offers lively and fresh-feeling introduction' James Hall, The Independent 'a darker side of reality is explored in Surrealism, a resplendently illustrated overview of four decades of subversion.' The Times 'a massive and well illustrated book which combines powerful and less familiar images - with iconic works.' Tribune US quotes 'An extraordinary, fascinating compendium: Mary Ann Caws has unlocked the gate to Surrealism's beautiful road.' Frederic Tuten, novelist and critic—This text refers to the Paperback edition
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