After I posted Monday about possible links between the original Surrealists in France and anarchists in Chicago, Neil Rest, "Neil in Chicago," pointed out in the comments that Franklin Rosemont actually provides that link, and that Rosemont provided part of the inspiration for the composite character of Simon Moon in Illuminatus!
Rosemont actually met Andre Breton and edited a book of Breton's writings. He wrote a book about labor hero Joe Hill, who is mentioned by Simon Moon. You can read more about him here.
Believe it or don't, Franklin Rosemont is still very much in print: http://tinyurl.com/m97po32
Re: Phiip Lamantia: When I met him in the late '50's he was very much a part of the San Francisco Beat scene; his books were even published by City Lights. Since there are no precise dates in the "Reading the Maps" article I can't tell how or when Lamantia was or became part of the Chicago Surrealist scene. His SF poetry was clearly Surrealist.
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