Franklin Rosemont

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Franklin Rosemont
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Franklin Rosemont speaking at Loyola University, Chicago, 2007.

Franklin Rosemont (2 October 1943 – 12 April 2009) was a poet, artist, historian, street speaker, and co-founder of the Chicago Surrealist Group.1 Over four decades, Franklin produced a body of work, of declarations, manifestos, poetry, collage, hidden histories, and other interventions intended to inspire a new generation of revolution, and became perhaps "the most productive scholar of labor and the left in the United States."2

Early life

He was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Henry, a labor activist, and Sally, a jazz musician.3

Career

He edited and wrote an introduction for What is Surrealism?: Selected Writings of André Breton, and edited Rebel Worker, Arsenal/Surrealist Subversion, The Rise & Fall of the DIL Pickle: Jazz-Age Chicago's Wildest & Most Outrageously Creative Hobohemian Nightspot and Juice Is Stranger Than Friction: Selected Writings of T-Bone Slim. With Penelope Rosemont and Paul Garon he edited The Forecast is Hot!. His work has been deeply concerned with both the history of surrealism (writing a forward for Max Ernst and Alchemy: A Magician in Search of Myth) and of the radical labor movement in America, for instance, writing a biography of Joe Hill.

Publications

Rosemont is the author of the poetry collections The Morning of a Machine Gun|The Morning of a Machine Gun: Twenty Poems & Documents. Profusely Illustrated By the Author., The Apple of the Automatic Zebra's Eye, and Penelope: A Poem, as well as An Open Entrance to the Shut Palace of Wrong Numbers, a book that explores the phenomenon of "wrong numbers" from a surrealist perspective, which was published by Black Swan Press in 2003. He also edited and introduced Hobohemia: Emma Goldman, Lucy Parsons, Ben Reitman & other agitators & outsiders in 1920s/30s Chicago, by Frank O. Beck.4

Rosemont, Franklin (2002). Joe Hill. Chicago: Charles H. Kerr Publishing Company. ISBN 0-88286-265-0. 

References

  1. ^ The Surreal Life of Franklin Rosemont by Paul Garon, David Roediger and Kate Khatib, April 16, 2009
  2. ^ The Surreal Life of Franklin Rosemont by Paul Garon, David Roediger and Kate Khatib, April 16, 2009
  3. ^ Bio
  4. ^ Beck, Frank O. (2000). Hobohemia: Emma Goldman, Lucy Parsons, Ben Reitman & other agitators & outsiders in 1920s/30s Chicago. Chicago: Charles H. Kerr. 

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