Surrealism is the only movement in the arts which was more than a new way of looking at and interpreting the world: it was a philosophical stance, a creative rebellion against society. This fresh look at the varied dimensions of the Surrealist movement places it centrally within Modernism. This is the rare book to consider virtually all of Surrealism’s genres. In addition to members of the original group, Annette Shandler Levitt appraises its most memorable outsiders, notably some distinctive women artists and writers. She shows us also that the impact of Surrealism continues to be felt today, and that to understand it fully is to see Modernism at its most vital, its most enduring.