Mary Ann Caws Mary Ann Caws

Mina Loy: Apology of Genius
Reaktion Books, 2022

(translator; author Alice Paalen Rahon)
New York Review Books, 2021

Surrealist Painters and Poets
M.I.T. Press, 1997

Mary Ann Caws is Distinguished Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature, English, and French at the Graduate School of the City University of New York.

Her many areas of interest in twentieth-century avant-garde literature and art include Surrealism, poets René Char and André Breton, Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury group, and artists Robert Motherwell, Joseph Cornell, and Pablo Picasso. Conceptually, one of her primary themes has been the relationship between image and text.

Contact Professor Caws at:

CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Ave
New York, NY 10016

An interview with Professor Caws about the Modern Art Cookbook appeared in Gagosian Quarterly's winter 2017 issue on Art and Food.

A Surrealist Moment in Honor of Mary Ann Caws was held at the City University of New York Graduate School on October 19, 2017

On October 17, 2017, Professor Caws was presented with the insignia of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

The Modern Art Cookbook was shortlisted for the 2013 André Simon Food and Drink Book Awards.

Professor Caws participated in Tino Sehgal's "This Progress" exhibit at the Guggenheim, January 29 - March 10, 2010, as one of the "older adult" group.

Professor Caws has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was inducted into the Class of 2009 Fellows on October 10. Read the CUNY press release

Professor Caws was quoted in the March 2, 2009 issue of Newsweek in an article on Buñuel.

Please visit Mary Ann's blog, New York, Provence and Poetry (

Professor Caws' memoir, To The Boathouse, has been released in paperback by University of Alabama Press.

Glorious Eccentrics: Modernist Women Painting and Writing was recently reviewed on the blogs Cup O'Books and The Mumpsimus: displaced thoughts on misplaced literatures.

Black Widow Press is working with Professor Caws to make available important Surrealist works in translation, including re-issuing out-of-print titles and releasing new translations.

Julian Wolfreys interviewed Professor Caws for a chapter of Thinking Difference: Critics in Conversation (Fordham, 2004) entitled "Thinking About This..."

An interview with Professor Caws by Dawne McCance appeared in the September 2001 issue of Mosaic.

An article in New York Magazine talks about Caws' long friendship with the late Carolyn Heilbrun.

A home page for Professor Caws can be found at the CUNY Graduate Center. See her author pages at Goodreads and Amazon. Additionally, there is a brief article about her at Wikipedia.

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