©Salvador Dali - Illustration to the 'Songs of Maldoror' Isidore Ducasse, Count Lautréamont 1934

Illustration to the 'Songs of Maldoror' Isidore Ducasse, Count Lautréamont 1934
Illustration to the 'Songs of Maldoror' Isidore Ducasse, Count Lautréamont
1934

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Les Chants de Maldoror (The Songs of Maldoror) is a poetic novel (or a long prose poem) consisting of six cantos. It was written between 1868 and 1869 by the Comte de Lautréamont, the pseudonym of the Uruguayan-born French writer Isidore-Lucien Ducasse. Many of the surrealists (Salvador Dalí, André Breton, Antonin Artaud, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Max Ernst, etc.) during the early 20th century cited the novel as a major inspiration to their own works.