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Brenda S. Helt and Madelyn Detloff

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474401692

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401692.001.0001

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‘[T]here were so many things I wanted to do & didn’t’: The Queer Potential of Carrington’s Life and Art

‘[T]here were so many things I wanted to do & didn’t’: The Queer Potential of Carrington’s Life and Art

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(p.189) ‘[T]here were so many things I wanted to do & didn’t’: The Queer Potential of Carrington’s Life and Art
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Queer Bloomsbury
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Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474401692.003.0011

Carrington’s life has often been viewed as tragic because of her suicide at the age of thirty-nine after Lytton Strachey’s death, and her relationship with him has been understood as of consummate importance. But her letters to women were among her most flirtatious and playful – similar to those she often wrote to cheer Strachey in his love affairs. This essay uses Carrington’s artwork and letters from archives and private collections to examine Carrington’s relationships with women: Poppet John, Julia Strachey, and her affair with the troubled American heiress Henrietta Bingham. Despite Virginia Woolf’s now well-publicized relationship with Vita Sackville-West, there is reason to believe that Carrington’s class and background made Bloomsbury less accepting of her tangled loves, unclear about her dedication to her art, and wary of the life she worked so hard to maintain with Strachey.

Keywords:   Bloomsbury Group, queer, Carrington, Lytton Strachey, Poppet John, Henrietta Bingham, women artists, bisexual artist, Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

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