Georges Limbour

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Georges Limbour (11 August 1900 – 22 May 1970) was a French writer of prose and poetry.

He was a member of the Surrealist Movement in Paris during the 1920s, but was expelled in 1929. Before his association with André Breton and the Surrealists, Limbour co-edited, along with Roger Vitrac and René Crevel, the avant-garde review Aventure (1921–22). Later, he contributed to Georges Bataille's journal Documents (1929–30), and, with a number of other dissident ex-surrealists, signed the anti-Breton pamphlet Un Cadavre.

Among Limbour's writings translated into English are L'Enfant polaire (The Polar Child) (1922), Glass Eyes (1924) and The Panorama (1935). Other works of note include a prose collection L'Illustre cheval blanc and a study of the painter André Masson.

After World War II, Limbour taught in Egypt and Poland, and also made an extensive trip to Cuba in 1967-68. He died in a swimming accident in 1970.


  • Limbour, Georges. 4 Stories. (Introduction and translation by Iain White). Atlas Press, 1995.
  • The Automatic Muse - Surrealist Novels by Desnos, Limbour, Leiris & Peret. (Introduction by Terry Hale.) Atlas Press, 1994.
  • Waldberg, Patrick. Surrealism. Thames and Hudson, 1965
  • Breton, Andre. Manifestoes of Surrealism. (Limbour is referred to extensively in the Second Manifesto.) The University of Michigan Press, 1969.