Lot 658: Influential French poet and playwright (1880-1918) credited with coining the word 'surrealism,' and writing some of the earliest works to be described as such. ALS in French, one page, 4.25 x 5.25, no date. Untranslated letter to a colleague, L. Besse, accepting an invitation to meet at a cafe and agreeing to say a few words at the end of the banquet if "Roinard" wants. Toning and a couple tiny tears to edges, and slight mirroring and brushing to ink, otherwise fine condition. Paul-Napoleon Roinard was a painter, poet, and close friend of Apollinaire. They had co-authored La Poesie Symboliste together in 1908, which contained lectures delivered at the Salon des Artistes Independants. A very scarce letter from the poet who would be wounded in World War I and never recover before succumbing to the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 at age 38.
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