Leonora Carrington

Standard Name: Carrington, Leonora
Married Name: Leduc
Married Name: Schwartz
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 et al., Manchester University Press, pp. 39-56.


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Family and Intimate relationships Maria Edgeworth
The Surrealist painter and writer Leonora Carrington was a collateral descendant; her given name came from an aunt (who became a nun), who was in turn named after Leonora, ME 's domestic heroine
Textual Features A. S. Byatt
Her selection (limited to English, not merely British, writers) determinedly eschews the well-known. She seeks the startling and the satisfying, selecting both lesser-known writers like Leonora Carrington or Elizabeth Taylor , and unexpected stories...
Textual Features Angela Carter
It includes work by Katherine Mansfield , Leonora Carrington , Elizabeth Jolley , Jamaica Kincaid , and Carter herself. She carefully avoided identifying bad girls with sexual profligates, but looked for a certain cussedness, a bloodymindedness..
Laws-Wall, Lydia. “One of a kind”. Mslexia, No. 48, p. 53.
Textual Production Ali Smith
In addition to these collaborative works, AS has published an anthology of her own favourite texts, those she sees as essential to her development as a writer. Published twice under different titles—The Reader (2006)...
Textual Production Ali Smith
With her background in academia and her work reviewing fiction for The Scotsman and The Guardian, AS has produced an impressive amount of literary criticism. She has written critical introductions for reissues of work...
Textual Production Marina Warner
Warner has written a significant number of book introductions to texts including Christine de Pisan 's The Book of the City of Ladies, Angela Carter 's edited volume The Second Virago Book of Fairy...


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Warner, Marina, and Leonora Carrington. The Seventh Horse and Other Stories, Virago, 1989, p. n.p.
Carrington, Leonora. “Down Below”. VVV, No. 4, pp. 70-86.
Carrington, Leonora, and Marina Warner. Down Below. New York Review of Books, 2017.
Byatt, Helen, and Leonora Carrington. “Introduction”. The Hearing Trumpet, Exact Change, 1996, p. v - xix.
Smith, Ali, and Leonora Carrington. “Introduction”. The Hearing Trumpet, Penguin, 2005, p. v - xvi.
Warner, Marina, and Leonora Carrington. “Introduction”. Down Below, New York Review of Books, 2017, p. vii - xxxvii.
Carrington, Leonora. La Dame Ovale. G.L.M., 1939.
Carrington, Leonora. La Maison de la peur. H. Parisot, 1938.
Carrington, Leonora. Le Cornet acoustique. Flammarion, 1974.
Carrington, Leonora. The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington. Dorothy, 2017.
Carrington, Leonora, and Pablo Weisz Carrington. The Hearing Trumpet. Exact Change, 1996.
Carrington, Leonora. The House of Fear. E.P. Dutton, 1988.
Carrington, Leonora. The Seventh Horse and Other Stories. Virago, 1989.