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Belgian Surrealism

27 Poèmes incertains par Geo Norge.

Brussels: Imprimerie Veuve Monnom, 1923. Square octavo (17.5 x 17.5 cm). Original printed wrappers; 54 pp. on Arches paper, overall very good. Numbered 31 from a limited edition of 110 copies.

Geo Norge, also known as Norge, née Georges Mogin (1898-1990), was a French-speaking Belgian poet born in Brussels. He began writing poetry under the pseudonym Geo Norge in 1923, changing it shortly thereafter to Norge. Between 1923 and 1936, his creative output was fairly prolific.

Along with his poetry, in 1925 he co-founded the Belgian theatrical group Théâtre du Groupe Libre alongside Raymond Rouleau and Tania Balachova. A 1926 production of Norge’s work Tam-tam, with production design by René Magritte, helped launch the Surrealist movement in Belgium and caused quite a scandal when it premiered followed by riots in the city of Brussels.

In the 1930’s, Norge helped to establish the serials 'Journal des Poétes' and 'Cahiers blancs'. At the end of the 1950s, Norge entered another time of high production which lasted several decades, during which he won numerous awards for poetry.

This volume dates to the earliest period of his poetical composition, before he had shortened his name to Norge and just shortly before the Surrealist movement truly launched in Belgium.

As of March 2022, OCLC locates only two holdings in North America.

Book ID: 51962

Price: $450.00