Tuesday, 16 June 2020

1318) Djuna Barnes

Djuna Barnes (1892 – 1982). American artist, illustrator, journalist, and writer who is perhaps best known for her novel Nightwood (1936), a cult classic of lesbian fiction and an important work of modernist literature.
In 1913, Barnes began her career as a freelance journalist and illustrator for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Later, Barnes' talent and connections with prominent Greenwich Village bohemians afforded her the opportunity to publish her prose, poems, illustrations, and one-act plays in both avant-garde literary journals and popular magazines, and publish an illustrated volume of poetry, The Book of Repulsive Women (1915).
In 1921, a lucrative commission with McCall's took Barnes to Paris, where she lived for the next 10 years. In this period she published A Book (1923), a collection of poetry, plays, and short stories, which was later reissued, with the addition of three stories, as A Night Among the Horses (1929), Ladies Almanack (1928), and Ryder (1928).
During the 1930s, Barnes spent time in England, Paris, New York, and North Africa. It was during this restless time that she wrote and published Nightwood.


- "Her most striking feature in her younger years had been a fine head of glossy auburn hair, which began to turn gray, thin out and frizzle in the 1960s."  https://www.nytimes.com/…/the-most-famous-unknown-in-the-wo…

- "Djuna Barnes once said she was the "most famous unknown of the century," though her writing and painting distinguished her, as did her haughty, cape-tossing gestures, auburn hair and acerbic wit.https://muse.jhu.edu/article/409576/pdf

- "Djuna Barnes had red hair and became a recluse."  https://books.google.it/books…

- "Her mouth has an irresistible laugh and she squeezes her auburn hair tightly under her hat in the manner of Manet..."  https://books.google.it/books…

- "Barnes became know for her distinct beauty - she was tall, with rippling auburn hair, sharp tilted features and cat-shaped eyes - and her distinctive style."  https://books.google.it/books…



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