Pascal Pia, His Friends, and His Circle of Influence

Pia's library contained many books given to him by friends. Works by important twentieth-century writers including Aragon, Breton, Camus, Cocteau and Bonnefoy are inscribed with personal dedications to Pia and reveal his wide circle of loyal friends.

Le Mouvement

Louis Aragon. Le Mouvement. Poèmes (1920-1924). Dessins de Max Morise. Gallimard, 1926. Aragon (1897-1982) was one of the founders of Surrealism.

Poèmes

Yves Bonnefoy. Poèmes. Mercure de France, 1978. Bonnefoy (1923-) has been considered to be the leading poet of France after WW II.

Inscription from Bonnefoy to Pia. « avec mes amicales pensèes »

Nadja

André Breton. Nadja. Gallimard, 1928. Breton (1896-1966) was chief poet and theoretician of the Surrealist movement.

Planche 16. « Gant de femme aussi »

Noces

Albert Camus. Noces. Alger: Edmond Charlot, 1939. Camus’ second book.

Inscription from Albert Camus to Pascal Pia, « avec la fidèle amitié»

Discours de réception […] à l’Académie française et réponse de M. André Maurois.

Jean Cocteau. Discours de réception […] à l’Académie française et réponse de M. André Maurois. Gallimard, 1955.

Inscription from Jean Cocteau and Andre Maurois to Pascal Pia.

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