" In this universe the night was falling; the shadows were lengthening towards an east that would not know another dawn. But elsewhere the stars were still young and the light of morning lingered; and along the path he once had followed, Man would one day go again"

Arthur C. Clarke Against the Fall of Night

Sunday, July 26, 2020

New Arrivals

I wrote about my impressions of the fifth volume in this series here,

and here,

I enjoyed John Carnell's story selections enough that I was happy to expand my holdings. These volumes contain a number of authors I enjoyed in number five including R.W Mackelworth, John Baxter, and Joseph Green. They also contain two stories by Vincent King, an author I have been meaning to read.

Since a number of science fiction covers are based on the work of surrealist artists I thought I would mention a book we purchased today. Helen and I are interested in Surrealism and have a number of books on this topic. We love visiting museums and art galleries, and have visited the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice twice. This gallery has a wonder collection of Surrealist paintings and is one of my favourites. So we could not resist this book. It looks quite interesting and mentions some artists we are not familiar with. However women artists appear under represented. Leonora Carrington appears but seems to be mainly discussed due to her relationship with Max Ernst. Dorothea Tanning is briefly mentioned in the section on Surrealism in America. Kati Horna and Remedios Varo are not mentioned in the index. Given their significance in Surrealist art and their involvement in the Spanish Civil War this seemed to be a striking omission based on the stated topic of the book. 

Cover credits:

New Writings 3:  not attributed
New Writings 4:  R. Foster
New Writings 6:  David McCall Johnston
New Writings 7:  David McCall Johnston
New Writings 9:  Seafron?

Monsters and Myths: detail from Europe after the Rain, by Max Ernst


  1. I highly recommend Whitney Chadwick's book Women Artists and the Surrealist Movement if you want to learn more about their pivotal role in the movement. It's fascinating! Unfortunately the book is a bit old (1991). Whitney Chadwick seems to have updated her arguments in Farewell to the Muse: Love, War and the Women of Surrealism (2017) but I don't know if it's as much of a useful survey of the movement as the other book was....

    Kay Sage is one of my favorite surrealist artists.

    I've featured David McCall Johnston's art on my site if you're curious a few years back. And, of course, the use of surrealist artists for covers such as Max Ernst....

  2. Thanks Joachim

    I will keep my eyes open for the Chadwick books. I used look inside to read the introduction to Farewell to the Muse and it looks fascinating.

    All the best.