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    Introduction to Down Below by Leonora Carrington

    Carrington, L. and Warner, Marina (2017) Introduction to Down Below by Leonora Carrington. In: UNSPECIFIED (ed.) Down Below. New York, U.S.: NYRB Classics. ISBN 9781681370606.

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    Book synopsis: Leonora Carrington is perhaps the most enchanting of the women Surrealists. The daughter of Anglo-Irish privilege, she broke free of her manor-house upbringing and fled, first to art school, and then to the Continent. Though she is best known as a painter of the gothic fantastic, with a cult following and one-woman shows at museums around the world, her writing is no less striking. Down Below describes the events of 1940, when, after her longtime lover, artist Max Ernst, was sent to a concentration camp, Carrington was “led across the border of Knowledge” and imprisoned in a sanatorium for the insane. This powerful testament, reminiscent of Carrington’s great novel The Hearing Trumpet, ranks with the work of Sylvia Plath and Janet Frame in its raw evocation of madness.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Humanities, Birkbeck Institute for the (BIH)
    Depositing User: Marina Warner
    Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2017 16:27
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:41


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