Antedating of "Surrealism"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Oct 14 16:19:54 UTC 2002

On Sat, 12 Oct 2002, Fred Shapiro wrote:

> surrealism (OED 1931)
> 1928 _Modern Language Notes_ XLIII. 547 Realism and surrealism, naturalism
> and idealism, romanticism and classicism are useful words.

Here is a still earlier antedating:

1925 _N.Y. Times Book Rev._ 23 Aug. 5  Some of the erstwhile titans have
become successful writers in Hungary.  They went home imbued with the
sacred teachings of surrealism.

Fred Shapiro

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