Subtitled, 'Origins, Magic and Secret Societies,' this book shows how many surrealists employed employed occult themes and ideas in their visual and written works; to do so, Lepetit draws on writings by surrealists themselves and those in their wider circle. A work of depth and detail, the book is rich in specific examples of esoteric influence. There is considerable attention given to the relationship between surrealists and Freemasonry, Martinists, and the Elect Cohen.
He also casts new light on the connection between key surrealists and the circle of adepts gathered around Fulcanelli. As well, he looks at the surrealists' engagement with the Grail mythos and the ideas of an Arthurian brotherhood. A valuable book which Treadwell's recommends to those interested in surrealism.
Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions, 2012. Paperback, 512 pages. New.