Leonora Carrington

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Though LC is best known for her visual art, she produced ample fiction, plays, and life writing that engage with aesthetic and political movements of her time, particularly surrealism and feminism. Her writing (published between 1938 and the 1970s) frequently imbricates the mundane and fantastic. Several motifs run through her body of writing, including metamorphoses and the melding of human and animal worlds. Ara H. Merjian notes the coherence between her projects across media, which consistently overlap in both content and style. Numerous other women associated with surrealism wrote extensively. But of all these, it is perhaps Carrington whose writing remained most consistently related to her painting in texture, tone and imagery. . . . From the prominence granted to women, plants and animals as subjects and protagonists, to the particular handling of detail and materiality, there is a constant ebb and flow between her written and painted
Merjian, Ara H. “’Genealogical gestation’: Leonora Carrington between modernism and art history”. Leonora Carrington and the international avant-garde, edited by Jonathan P Eburne, Catriona McAra, Jonathan P Eburne, and Catriona McAra, Manchester University Press, 2017, pp. 39 -56.
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Milestones

6 April 1917
LC was born at Westwood House, her parents' home in the village of Clayton-Le-Woods, Lancashire. She was the second child of four and her parents' only daughter.
Moorhead, Joanna. The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington. Virago Press, 2017.
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Aberth, Susan L. Leonora Carrington: Surrealism, Alchemy and Art. Lund Humphries, 2010.
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1927
At the age of ten LC produced one of her first sketchbooks, Animals of a Different Planit [sic]. This book contains annotated drawings of fantastic creatures and maps of imaginary places.
Aberth, Susan L. “’An allergy to collaboration’: the early formation of Leonora Carrington’s artistic vision”. Leonora Carrington and the international avant-garde, edited by Jonathan P. Eburne, Catriona McAra, Jonathan P. Eburne, and Catriona McAra, Manchester University Press, 2017, pp. 20 -38.
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1939
LC published her second volume of fiction, La Dame ovale, later translated as The Oval Lady. This collection of five short stories includes her best-known piece of writing, The Debutante.
Carrington, Leonora. The House of Fear. E.P. Dutton, 1988.
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25 May 2011
LC died from pneumonia at ninety-four years old, in hospital in Mexico City.
Moorhead, Joanna. The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington. Virago Press, 2017.
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Biography

Birth

6 April 1917
LC was born at Westwood House, her parents' home in the village of Clayton-Le-Woods, Lancashire. She was the second child of four and her parents' only daughter.
Moorhead, Joanna. The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington. Virago Press, 2017.
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Aberth, Susan L. Leonora Carrington: Surrealism, Alchemy and Art. Lund Humphries, 2010.
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