Dorothy Carrington

(1910 - 2002)

Born in Gloucestershire in 1910, the Oxford-educated Dorothy Carrington headed to Corsica for the first time in 1948 with the intention of writing a book. Her third husband, surrealist painter Francis Rose—who illustrated The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book—came along. A few years later, Rose left the island; Carrington ended up spending the rest of her life there. “My life really ended and started when I set foot in Corsica,” she told a documentarian years later. “My former role-playing ended, and my vocation began.”

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