1899? b. July 4 in Reze (Loire-Atlantique) 


 "The Mandarin Orange"  (Maurice Nadeau).
 1917 - 1919 served in the army seeing action in the Balkans.  
    Afterwards, he joined the Dada movement. 

 1920 Befriended Andre Breton.

 1921 Published Le Passager du transtlantique his first book of poetry. 
    Left the Dada movement and joined Surrealism. 
    He worked with and influenced other poets such as Octavio Paz. 

 1921 - 1924 Peret experimented with automatic writing.

 1921 April; photo in front of Notre-Dame: Jean Crotti, Andre Breton, Paul Eluard, 
    Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, Benjamin Peret, Theodor Fraenkel, Louis Aragon, Tristan Tzara, 
    Jacques Rigaut Philippe Soupault, d'Esparlies.
    June; Soiree Dada. Coeur A  Gaz by Tristan Tzara, performed by Louis Aragon,  Tzara, 
    Philippe Soupault, Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, Theodor Fraenkel and Benjamin Peret.

 1922 Painting At The Rendezvous of Friends - Max Ernst. 
     Close friendship with Renee Gauthier.
     Collaborates on first edition La Coeur a barbe.

 1922 - 1923 Mort aux vaches et au champ d'honneur (Death to the Pigs and the Field of Battle).

 1922 In São Paulo for Semana de Arte Moderna ->
   where he was Photographed -> with   Patrícia Galvão (Pagu) ->, Anita Malfatti ->, 
  Oswald de Andrade ->, Tarsila Do Amaral 
  Elsie Houston, Álvaro Moreyra ->, Eugênia Moreira -> and  Maximilien Gauthier ->. 

 1924 - 1929 La Brebis galante (The Elegant Ewe).

 1924 co-editor of the journal La Revolution Surrealiste.
    Published six shorts poems Immortelle maladie.

 1925 Chief editor La Revolution Surrealiste.
    Signed the Declaration of January 27 1925.
    With Paul Eluard published "Proverbs for Today" pdf.

 1926 Nov; joined Communist Party.

 1927 Signs Manifesto Hands Off Love in defense of Charlie Chaplin.

 1928 Feb; Fifth Session of Investigating Sex : Maxime Alexandre, Andre Breton, 
    Marcel Duhamel, Max Ernst, M, Marcel Noll, Benjamin Peret, Jacques Prevert, Raymond Queneau, 
    Georges Sadoul, Pierre Unik
    Married Brazilian singer Elsie Houston. 
    Published Le Grand Jeu.

 1928 - 1932 lived in Brazil. 
    Les Couilles enragees (Mad Balls). 

 1929 Friends with Mario Pedrosa -> (Pt.), militant Trotskyite. 
    Book 1929 together with Louis Aragon and photographs by Man Ray published in 
    Brussels by Paul-Gustave van Hecke.

 1930 founded Communist League of Brazil in Rio with  Mario Pedrosa
    Contributed to Le Surrealisme au service de la revolution?.

 1931 son, Geyser, was born in Rio de Janeiro. 
    Expelled from Brazil.

 1934 Signatory to Appel a la Lutte against the rise in fascism.
    De derriere les fagots (From the Hidden Storehouse).

 1935 Travels to Tenerife with Andre Breton and Jacqueline Lamba for Exposicion Surrealista 
    organized by Gaceta de arte and Eduardo Westerdahl and Oscar Dominguez.
    Photographed by Eduardo Westerdahl. 

 1936 Aug; arrives Barcelona, joins POUM. 
    Regular letters to Andre Breton.
    Oct; meets and starts affair with Remedios Varo. 
    Dedicates his volume of love poetry Je sublime to her.
    Je ne mange pas de ce pain-la (I Won't Stoop to That) published by Jean Legrand.

 1937 March; with Anarchist Durruti division at Pina de Ebro ->.
     Spring; Returns to Paris where Remedios Varo joins him in poverty. 
     He works occasionally as a proof reader.

 1940 Feb; recalled to military service.
    May; arrested and imprisoned in Rennes, for his political activism.
    Nazis in Paris. Peret and Varo go to Marseilles where many of the Surrealists are. 
    Visits Villa Air-Bel and is involved with the Marseille Card Game and the 
    co-operative Croque-fruits.
 1941 Oct; Peret and Varo are invited to stay in Villa Air-Bel by Danny Benedite  and Theo Benedite.
    Nov; with Remedios and with the assistance of CAS escapes to Mexico via Casablanca by ship.
 1941 - 1948 Meets [Natalia Sedova], Trotsky's widow in Mexico City where they were key 
    figures in the Mexican emigree surrealist community togerther with Leonora Carrington, Frida Kahlo 
    and Wolfgang Paalen. 

 1946 Photographed ~> with Gerardo Lizarraga, Chiqui Weisz, Jose Horna, Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo, 
    Gunther Gerszo, and Miriam Wolf at the wedding of Carrington and Weisz in Mexico City.

 1947  Varo and Peret separated. 
    He returned to Paris and worked as a proof reader.

 1950 Writes introduction to the catalogue for Maria Martins's first exhibition
    in her home country of Brazil.

 1949 Discussions with Andre Breton and Elisa Claro about the painter Jean-Paul Riopelle ->.

 1955 introduction for a book of S. American myth and Folk Tales -  Chilam Balam de Chumayel ->.

 1955 - 1956 lived again in Brazil.

 1958? Founded with Grandizo Munis -> the Fomento Obrero Revolucionario which published the review Alarme.
    L'Histoire naturelle (Natural History).

 1959 d. September 18th.

    1960 Anthology of Myths and Legends and popular folk tales of S America.
    1961 His spoken text is used in the film L'Invention de monde by Jean-Louis Bedouin and Michel Zimbacca.
     Biography by Jean-Louis Bedouin.
    2009? Franklin Rosemont writes introduction to ''A Menagerie in Revolt, 
     Selected Writings of Benjamin Peret''. 

     See wiki -> and web -> and Peret's influence on Modernism in Brazil ->.

     See Timeline