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Surrealist Movement in the United States

The Surrealist Movement in the United States was started by the Chicago Surrealist Group as a means of including many of its scattered participants from coast to coast on collective statements and in collective activities. Formed in the summer of 1966 by Franklin and Penelope Rosemont with the encouragement of André Breton and the Surrealist Group in Paris, as well as the surrealists of many other countries, the Chicago Surrealist Group has carried on its wide-ranging research and agitation uninterruptedly ever since; the group has long been recognized as one of the most active, innovative and prolific in the international surrealist movement.

Only recently have other surrealist groups formed in the United States, such as the Wisconsin Surrealist Group, the Portland Surrealist Group in Oregon, the Houston Surrealist Group, the Blue Feathers group in Minnesota, the Surrealist Group in St. Louis, and a collection of surrealists in San Francisco.

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