Djuna by Phillip Herring
The Life and Work of Barnes

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This is a biography of Djuna Barnes (1892-1982), a familiar figure in Greenwich Village and bank literary and lesbian circles during the 1920s and 1930s. Mostly remembered for her novel "Nightwood", she wrote many poems, plays and stories. The book explores Barnes' family life, including her possibly erotic relationship with her feminist and spiritualist grandmother, and her relationship with her bigamist father (who, some critics claim, may have sexually abused her). There are also chapters on her years as a journalist.
 

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Published November 1, 1995 by Viking Adult. 416 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Born into a bohemian clan whose unconventional sexual behavior may have included incest with her grandmother and/or father, Djuna Barnes (18921982) was stuck at age 20 with responsibility for the support of her mother and brothers when feckless Wald Barnes divorced his spouse to marry the mother ...

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Biography of the cult modernist writer.

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This critical biography illuminates Barnes's brilliant but often enigmatic writings with a wealth of information culled from new interviews with her brother and from her personal papers.

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(Herring shows that the Petherbridge figure is a woman named Henriette Metcalf, who is quoted in Andrew Field’s 1983 biography of Djuna Barnes, but whose real name could not at that time be revealed.) When her eight-year relationship with Thelma ended, Barnes flitted between New York, Paris and L...

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