"the individual imagination retains it's total liberty-and that this, even more than the movement itself, is Dada."--Andre Breton
He was a pioneer in both anti-rationalist movements in art and literature (Dada & Surrealism)which developed out of the general disillusionment with tradition that marked the post-World War I era. His study of the works of Sigmund Freud and his experiments with automatic writing influenced his initial formulation of surrealist theory.
I have read the Surrealist Manifesto as well as Mad Love
I enjoyed them both
I do have to agree with you on one point--He could be a snob at times