Alongside her better-known visual oeuvre as a painter and sculptor, Dorothea Tanning (1910–2012) also produced a smaller, although by no means less interesting, literary output. Indeed, her writings could be said to inform her visual art and vice versa. She worked on her one novel (or, more accurately, novella), Chasm: A Weekend, from 1947 to 2004, almost the span of her entire career. Set in the desert of the South-West, it is tempting to read the novella as a fictive biography of its author who lived in Arizona sporadically between 1943 and 1957, as well as a micro-history of western women’s struggles since the Salem witch trials of 1692.
|Title of host publication||Surrealist Women's Writing|
|Subtitle of host publication||A Critical Exploration|
|Place of Publication||Manchester, UK|
|Publisher||Manchester University Press|
|Number of pages||15|
|ISBN (Print)||978-1-5261-3202-4, 978-1-5261-6715-6|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2021|