Leonora Carrington

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Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) was a key figure in the Surrealist movement. She was born to a wealthy English family in 1917, expelled from two convents as a girl, and presented to the king’s court in 1933. Four years later, she ran off with Max Ernst and became a darling of the art world in Paris: serving guests hair omelets at one party, arriving naked to another. After Ernst was taken from their home to a Nazi internment camp in 1940, Carrington fled France. Nearly mad with grief and terror, she was thrown into a lunatic asylum in Spain, and, after escaping, married a Mexican diplomat, fleeing Europe for New York City then Mexico City, where she lived for the rest of her life. Throughout her long career, Carrington published novels, stories, and plays, in addition to making paintings, sculptures, and tapestries. [1]

Works
  • La Dame ovale, Paris: GLM, 1939. (French)
    • The Oval Lady: Surreal Stories, forew. Gloria Orenstein, trans. Rochelle Holt, illustr. Pablo Weisz, Santa Barbara: Capra Press, 1975, 52 pp. (English)
  • Le Cornet acoustique, Paris: Flammarion, 1974. (French)
    • The Hearing Trumpet, intro. Helen Byatt, Virago, 1991; repr., illustr. Pablo Weisz Carrington, Boston: Exact Change, 1996, xix+199 pp. (English)
  • The Complete Stories, intro. Kathryn Davis, St Louis, MO: Dorothy, 2017, 232 pp. [2] (English)
  • The Debutante and Other Stories, intro. Sheila Heti, afterw. Marina Warner, London: Silver Press, 2017. Collection of short stories. [3] (English)