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Re: [BKARTS] Exquisite Corpse Books



it's definitely (allegedly?) from the Surrealists; see origin story below,
from http://www.tcf.ua.edu/Classes/Jbutler/T340/SurrealismLecture.htm :

"Exquisite Corpse: Game of folded paper played by several people, who
compose a sentence or drawing without anyone seeing the preceding
collaboration or collaborations. The now classic example, which gave the
game its name, was drawn from the first sentence obtained this way:
The-exquisite-corpse-will-drink-new-wine."  --André Breton (Waldberg, 93-94)



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Sent: Sunday, September 15, 2002 10:45 AM
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Subject: [BKARTS] Exquisite Corpse Books


Can anyone provide me with a good definition of an "exquisite corpse" book,
or the history or origins of the genre.  I am trying to write a good (but
terse) explanation for an exhibition label. Is there a reference in the
literature somewhere?
Many thanks.
Nancy Bloch

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