Djuna Barnes

(1892-1982 / Storm King Mountain, New York)

Djuna Barnes
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Djuna Barnes (June 12, 1892 – June 18, 1982) was an American writer who played an important part in the development of 20th century English language modernist writing and was one of the key figures in 1920s and 30s bohemian Paris after filling a similar role in the Greenwich Village of the teens. Her novel Nightwood became a cult work of modern fiction, helped by an introduction by T. S. Eliot. It stands out today for its portrayal of lesbian themes and its distinctive writing style. As a roman à clef, the novel features a thinly veiled portrait of Barnes in the character of Nora Flood, whereas Nora’s lover Robin Vote is a composite of Thelma Wood and the Baroness Elsa von ... more »

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  • ''Well, isn't Bohemia a place where everyone is as good as everyone else—and must not a waiter be a little less than a waiter to be a good Bohemian?''
    Djuna Barnes (1892-1982), U.S. author, poet, columnist. repr. In Djuna Barnes's New York (1989). "Becoming Intimate with the Bohemians," New York Morn...
  • ''The heart of the jealous knows the best and most satisfying love, that of the other's bed, where the rival perfects the lover's imperfections.''
    Djuna Barnes (1892-1982), U.S. author, poet, columnist. Doctor, in Nightwood, ch. 5 (1936).
  • ''I'm a fart in a gale of wind, a humble violet, under a cow pat.''
    Djuna Barnes (1892-1982), U.S. author, poet, columnist. Doctor, in Nightwood, ch. 5 (1936).
  • ''Dreams have only the pigmentation of fact.''
    Djuna Barnes (1892-1982), U.S. author, poet, columnist. Doctor, in Nightwood, ch. 5 (1936).
  • ''The night is a skin pulled over the head of day that the day may be in torment.''
    Djuna Barnes (1892-1982), U.S. author, poet, columnist. Doctor, in Nightwood, ch. 5 (1936).
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