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Bloomsbury disrobed: Carrington's beguiling and gleeful letters take us beyond Bloomsbury into discussion about sexual mores, how to be an artist, and what it is to be truly oneself

Carrington's beguiling letters take us beyond the Bloomsbury group to discuss sexual mores, how to be an artist, and what it is to be truly oneself.

Known only by her surname, Dora Carrington was the star of her year at the Slade School of Fine Art, and was friends with some of the greatest minds of her day, including Virginia Woolf, Rosamund Lehmann and Maynard Keynes.

For over a decade she was the companion of homosexual writer Lytton Strachey, and - stricken without him- killed herself when he died in 1932. Though she never achieved the fame her early career promised, in her determination to live life according to her own nature – especially in relation to her work and her fluid attitude to sex, gender and sexuality – she fought battles that remain familiar and urgent today.

Now, through her passionate, playful and honest letters, we can encounter the maverick artist and compelling personality afresh and in her own words.

Reviews

Though Virginia and Vanessa, Clive and Bertie, Bunny and Roger all feature, this is much more than another tribute to the tribe

Michael Bird, Daily Telegraph

Chisholm’s masterstoke is to celebrate the letter as artwork… Letters are, of course, a site of aesthetic experiment and creativity, and to view them as such permits the artistry of the fragment to stand, enabling the collage collection to tell other stories of form and function

Amber K. Regis, Times Literary Supplement

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781845951887

    May 21, 2019

    Vintage

    448 pages

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  • Hardback

    9780701187583

    November 13, 2017

    Chatto & Windus

    448 pages

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    9781448137312

    November 2, 2017

    Vintage Digital

    448 pages

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