Breaking the Rules
The Printed Face of the European Avant Garde 1900-1937
Distributed for British Library
Breaking the Rules draws upon the British Library’s unrivalled collection of artists’ books, manifestos, little magazines, literary manuscripts, sound recordings, and posters from across Europe in order to explore the rapid exchange of ideas through printed matter that marked the avant-garde movement—and led to its presence in cities as diverse as London, Brussels, Munich, Zurich, Florence, Rome, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Warsaw, Prague, Tbilisi, Budapest, and Belgrade, among others. Including remarkable items like the notebooks and corrected proofs of Finnegans Wake and excerpts from an oral history interview with David Gascoyne recalling the Surrealist group in 1935 Paris—all beautifully reproduced with over ninety full-color images—as well as articles about more than thirty European and Russian cities describing their location’s particular significance to the avant garde, this volume is essential reading for anyone fascinated by the power of change inherent in the printed image and word.