Your Work Is Deeply Repugnant to Us
Post #1483 • December 28, 2011, 1:45 PM • 9 Comments
[Salvador Dalí] had no time for those who did not agree with his principles and took the war into the enemy camp by writing insulting letters to many of the friends he had made in the Residencia, calling them pigs. He happily compared himself to a clever bull avoiding the cowboys and generally had a great deal of fun stirring up and scandalizing almost every Catalan intellectual worthy of the the name. Dalí was beginning to burn his bridges with the zeal of an arsonist. ...
"We [Dalí and Brunuel] had resolved to send a poison pen letter to one of the great celebrities of Spain," Dalí later told his biographer Alain Bosquet. "Our goal was pure subversion. ... Both of us were strongly influenced by Nietzsche. ... We hit upon two names: Manuel de Falla, the composer, and Juan Ramón Jiménez, the poet. We drew straws and Jiménez won. ... So we composed a frenzied and nasty letter of incomparable violence and addressed it to Juan Ramón Jiménez. It read: 'Our Distinguished Friend: We believe it is our duty to inform you—disinterestedly—that your work is deeply repugnant to us because of its immorality, its hysteria, its arbitrary quality. ...' It caused Jiménez great pain."