Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Books by Leonora Carrington

I've been reading a lot about Leanora Carrington Lately, I recently obtained the book 'Leonora Carrington, Surrealism, Alchemy and Art.' A biography on her life and paintings, very interesting, (and hard to get) well worth the read.
She is also a writer as well as a painter and unfortunately her books are hard to get a hold of and most are out of print. Thankfully Abe books has some of them, even though most are out of my price range for the moment. These books would be well worth the buy, and interesting and fascinating view into the mind of a eccentric feminist and surrealist.

 1. The House of Fear; Notes From Down Below (First on my list, im sure this one also includes the full test of Down Below also.)
Front CoverThe events and locales of World War II Europe provide the setting for a series of four surrealistic autobiographical novellas that concern the author's romantic and artistic involvement with Max Ernest and her subsequent descent into madness
2. The Seventh Horse, and Other Tales
Front CoverSurreal stories deal with skeletons, hunters, travelers, strange neighbors, the aged, a masked ball, and mysterious ruins
3. Down Below
 Translated from the French by Victor Llona. DOWN BELOW is an account of Leonora Carrington's travels to Spain after having been declared "incurably insane." Carrington wrote and painted as a defender of the Surrealist movement into the twentieth century. DOWN BELOW was first published in 1944
Other Books:

  • La Maison de la Peur (1938) - with illustrations by Max Ernst

  • Une chemise de nuit de flanelle (1951)

  • El Mundo Mágico de Los Mayas (Museo Nacional de AntropologĂ­a, 1964) - illustrated by Leonora Carrington.

  • The Oval Lady: Surreal Stories (Capra Press, 1975)

  • The Hearing Trumpet (Routledge, 1976) (I have this!!)

  • The Stone Door (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1977)