Between Lives: An Artist and Her World by Dorothea Tanning

By Dorothea Tanning

Fourteen years in the past, the artist Dorothea Tanning released Birthday, a set of memories. Now she has extended it right into a memoir of her trip in the course of the final century as confidant, collaborator, and muse to a couple of its so much encouraged minds and personalities: a various assemblage that levels from the fathers of dada and surrealism to Virgil Thompson, George Balanchine, Alberto Giacometti, Dylan Thomas, Truman Capote, Joan Miró, James Merrill, and lots of extra. At its heart is the connection, tenderly rendered, among Tanning and her famed husband, the enigmatic surrealist Max Ernst.

Whether recalling the poignant presence of her pal Joseph Cornell or just marveling on the facades alongside a Venice canal, "their filmy reflections fluttering within the soiled canal like fragile altar cloths frolicked to dry," Tanning's writing is beguiling, wry, and shot via with an analogous eye for pregnant element and immanent magic that marks her paintings.

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She used to go away off in the woods to pray. " Uncle John said: "I remember until this day the text that minister took that Sunday when Nancy got religion. ' I tell you, ma'am, Nancy shouted, and was so happy we could hardly get her home that evening. She shouted all along the road as we walked. We all got happy on our way back that night, and I do believe it was ten o'clock before we reached home. Nancy cried out in church when she was converted, and said, 'Glory be to God and the Lamb forever!

Uncle John declared that the little baby boy who was picked up almost one fourth of a mile from her cabin that stormy day is now living in the State of Alabama. He is a local preacher there. "My mammy had to work hard all day long with all the balance of the men. She was a mighty smart woman," said Uncle John. "After working all day in the cotton-field she would come home and work half of the night for herself and children. com 37 THE HOUSE OF BONDAGE 65 CHAPTER X. A CONVERTED CATHOLIC. Going to Church on Sunday in Georgia--ill-treatment of Uncle John's daughter--Aunt Lorendo's second visit--Her conversion from Romanism--Her Cousin Albert to be hung--Hattie runs away to the wood and gives birth to a child there.

And this they did to women as well as men. I tell you, my dear child, it used to seem to me so brutal to see poor women treated in that way by brutal and heartless men. I declare, child, I can't understand it, although I've been right in it. " "It was so, just as I tell you; but I did not stay long in the negro traders' yard. com THE HOUSE OF BONDAGE 54 106 few miles from the old place where I was raised and sold from when mother and I was separated. My new master was a mighty mean man, and would not allow any of his slaves to go anywhere.

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