Armed With Madness

The Surreal Leonora Carrington



ISBN: 9781914224126 Category:

Mary M. Talbot


Reluctant muse and feminist champion – heiress, rebel, refugee – and perhaps the last of the great Surrealist artists: Leonora Carrington played many roles in her long and extraordinary life. Exchanging 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 DalĂ­, 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 and Bryan Talbot celebrates the life and career of a truly remarkable artist and woman.

Additional information

Weight 450 g
Dimensions 16 x 22.3 cm
Publisher name Self Made Hero
Publication date 10 September 2023
Number of pages 144
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Bryan Talbot
Dimensions 16 x 22.3 cm
Weight 450 g


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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 over forty 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, the Grandville series, as well as illustrating 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.