André Breton (; 19 February 1896 – 28 September 1966) was a French writer and poet. He is known best as the founder of Surrealism. His writings include the first Surrealist Manifesto (Manifeste du surréalisme) of 1924, in which he defined surrealism as "pure psychic automatism".
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“Nothing retains less of desire in art, in science, than this will to industry, booty, possession.”
—André Breton (18961966)