Franklin Rosemont

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Franklin Rosemont (born October 2, 1943) was co-founder of the Surrealist Movement in the United States. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA.


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Publications
  • 4 Reference

Early life

His father, Henry, was a labor activist, and mother, Sally, a jazz musician.[1]


He edited and wrote an introduction for What is Surrealism?: Selected Writings of Andre Breton, and edited Rebel Worker, Arsenal/Surrealist Subversion, The Rise & Fall of the DIL Pickle: Jazz-Age Chicago's Wildest & Most Outrageously Creative Hobohemian Nightspot and Juice Is Stranger Than Friction: Selected Writings of T-Bone Slim. With Penelope Rosemont and Paul Garon he edited The Forecast is Hot!. His work has been deeply concerned with both the history of surrealism (writing a forward for Max Ernst and Alchemy: A Magician in Search of Myth) and of the radical labor movement in America, for instance, writing a biogaphy of Joe Hill.


He is the author of the poetry collections The Morning of a Machine Gun: Twenty Poems & Documents. Profusely Illustrated By the Author., The Apple of the Automatic Zebra's Eye[2], and Penelope: A Poem, as well as An Open Entrance to the Shut Palace of Wrong Numbers, a book that explores the phenomenon of "wrong numbers" from a surrealist perspective, which was published by Black Swan Press in 2003.


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