Pierre Naville

1904 (Paris) – 1993 (Paris)

Aragon, Soupault, Jacob and Cendrars co-founded an avant-garde review (‘l’Oeuf dur’) with Naville. His friend Queneau introduced him to surrealist circles, and he in turn introduced Boiffard to them, later helping him with his behavioural science work. Péret co-edited ‘la Révolution surréaliste’ with Naville, while Breton declared him one of those responsible for acts of pure surrealism (but later split with him over political ideology). Among his many correspondents were the mathematician Schwartz and the historian of mathematics van Heijenoort, both, like Naville, marxists.