Armed With Madness
The Surreal Leonora Carrington
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- Publication Date: April 25, 2023
- Imprint: SelfMadeHero
- Trim Size: 6 x 8 1⁄2
- ISBN: 9781914224126
- Page Count: 144
- Illustrations: Full-color illustrations throughout
- Rights: United States and Canada
A new perspective on the 1930s Paris art scene from a neglected artist, feminist icon, and influential surrealist
Reluctant muse and feminist champion… society heiress and rebel refugee… the last of the Surrealists: Leonora Carrington played many roles in her long and extraordinary life. Renouncing her privileged upbringing in pre-war England for the more exciting elite of Paris’s 1930s avant-garde, she comes to rub shoulders (and more) with the likes of Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, and Salvador Dalí, after embarking on a complicated love affair with Max Ernst. But the demons that have both haunted and inspired her work are gathering, and when the world goes mad with the outbreak of war and the Nazi invasion, Leonora’s own hold on reality collapses into a terrifying psychotic episode of her own. Eventually fleeing war-torn Europe, she emerges into a new and richly creative life in Mexico City, establishing herself as a prodigious painter, writer, and advocate of women’s rights. This new work by the acclaimed partnership of Mary M. Talbot and Bryan Talbot celebrates the life and career of a truly remarkable woman – and artist.
About the author
Mary M. Talbot is an academic turned graphic novelist. Her first graphic novel, Dotter of her Father’s Eyes (with Bryan Talbot), won the 2012 Costa Biography Award. Her most recent, Rain (2019, with Bryan Talbot), is a rallying cry to protect the planet. Her previous graphic novels are Sally Heathcote, Suffragette (2014, with Kate Charlesworth and Bryan Talbot) and The Red Virgin (2016, with Bryan Talbot). Her most recent academic book is Language and Gender (3rd ed, 2019). She is currently visiting professor of graphic narrative at Lancaster University. Multiple award-winning artist Bryan Talbot has been working in comics for more than 40 years. He’s produced underground, fantasy, and superhero stories such as Batman and (with Neil Gaiman) Sandman, and graphic novels including The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, The Tale of One Bad Rat, Alice in Sunderland, and the Grandville series, as well as illustrated the books written by Mary. They are both founding patrons of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Bryan was awarded a doctorate in arts and another in letters and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.