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Farewell to the Muse


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1. The Alchemy of Desire: Valentine Penrose and Alice Rahon Paalen, India 1937 * 2. The Two Leonors: Leonora Carrington and Leonor Fini, Saint-Martin-d'Ardeche, 1938-41 * 3. 'I Will Write to You with My Eyes', Frida Kahlo and Jacqueline Lamba Breton, Mexico and Paris, 1938-45 * 4. Soldiers without Names, Claude Cahun, Suzanne Malherbe and Jacqueline Lamba, Jersey, 1938-45 * 5. Wars without End, Lee Miller and Valentine Penrose, 1940-78

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A beautifully written and elegantly constructed narrative that explores the intense, complex and far-reaching female friendships among the Surrealists during the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.

About the Author

Whitney Chadwick is Professor Emerita at San Francisco State University. Among her other books are Women Artists and the Surrealist Movement, Significant Others: Creativity and Intimate Partnership.


'A glorious antidote to the macho myths of the avant-garde' - DIVA
'Extraordinary ... so well written ... A strong book, with strong but also vulnerable women' - Breakaway Reviewers
'An important contribution to the way surrealism is understood... it succeeds in transforming our understanding of a whole generation of artists, both women and men' - Literary Review
'A captivatingly rich account of female love, determination and support' - Vanessa Longden, LSE Review of Books
'Engaging... Chadwick's eloquence and research enable us to appreciate the substance of these women at last' - Church Times
'Extraordinary and defiant; the history that Chadwick has unearthed will undoubtedly influence our understanding and interpretation of the surrealist movement for years to come' - Oxonian Review
'A beautifully constructed study of the complicated ways women needed each other and urged each other on' - Guardian
'Chadwick provides us with one way of re-establishing those connections and appreciating the remarkable lives of Surrealism's neglected women' - Apollo
'Engrossing ... this book will surely go a long way to cementing their fascinating legacy' - Review 31
'Indefatigably researched and written with subdued passion ... a valuable and absorbing account of the importance of female solidarity and friendship' - Times Literary Supplement

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