Blaise Pascal: Miracles and Reason
Reaktion Books, 2017

Glorieuses modernistes: Art, écriture et modernité au féminin
Presses Universitaires de Liège, 2016 (with with Anne Reynes Delobel)

Salvador Dalí (Critical Lives)
Reaktion Books, 2008

Mary Ann Caws is Distinguished Professor 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

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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