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Autograph letter signed. [Davos, January 7, 1935]. 2 p. on 1 f. in-4 (27.4 x 21.4 cm), 1 envelope. Autograph letter signed, addressed to Valentine Hugo. In December 1934, Éluard stays in Davos to treat his tuberculosis. On January 7, 1935, he writes to Valentine Hugo, who is worried about the trouble that has taken hold of the Surrealists and reassures her, referring to his friendship with Breton and Crevel: "André likes me. We are too devoted to each other to ever doubt each other. Never. For Crevel, he needs to feel alone, but - quite between us - his esteem for André has not changed. You'll see. And he will never deny anything that has been at the bottom of almost all his intellectual endeavours. Nor will he break with it. " Faithful to André Breton, with whom he had an intense and complicated relationship, René Crevel devoted the last months of his life to organizing the International Congress of Writers for the Defense of Culture, where the surrealist group was represented. Breton, initially appointed as spokesman, is excluded from it following a brutal altercation with Ilya Ehrenbourg. Crevel will not recover from this failure. Learning at the same time that he was suffering from renal tuberculosis, he took his own life on June 18, 1935, only a few months after this letter from Paul Éluard. An important letter from Paul Éluard, which evokes Crevel's deep attachment to the surrealist movement. Traces of folds and tiny tears, small holes left by staples.
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