Barnes, Djuna

born June 12, 1892, Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y., U.S.
died June 18?, 1982, New York, N.Y.

U.S. writer.

Barnes worked as an artist and journalist in her youth. She went to Paris in 1920, where she became a well-known figure in the literary scene. She wrote plays, short stories, and poems; her masterpiece, the novel Nightwood (1936), tells of the homosexual and heterosexual loves of five extraordinary people. After returning to New York in 1940, she wrote little and lived reclusively.

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▪ American author
born June 12, 1892, Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y., U.S.
died June 18?, 1982, New York, N.Y.

      avant-garde American writer who was a well-known figure in the Parisian literary scene of the 1920s and '30s.

      Initially educated privately by her father and grandmother, Barnes attended the Pratt Institute and the Art Students League and worked as an artist and journalist. From 1913 she wrote prolifically for newspapers and popular and literary magazines. She published an eccentric chapbook entitled The Book of Repulsive Women: 8 Rhythms and 5 Drawings in 1915; four years later three of her plays were produced by the Provincetown Players. In 1920 she went to Paris, where she interviewed expatriate writers and artists for several magazines, and soon herself became an established figure. She wrote and illustrated a collection of plays, short stories, and poems titled A Book (1923; expanded as A Night Among the Horses, 1929; revised as Spillway, 1962); Ladies Almanack (1928), a gentle satire of literary lesbians; and the novel Ryder (1928), which Barnes called the story of “a female Tom Jones.” Her second novel, Nightwood (1936), is her masterpiece, about the doomed homosexual and heterosexual loves of five extraordinary, even grotesque, people. Her fluent style in this work imitates Elizabethan and other archaic writing, and the chapters are disjunct in time and place; the net effect is of horror and black humour. Barnes also wrote a verse drama, The Antiphon (1958). After 1940, when she returned to the United States, she wrote little and lived reclusively in Greenwich Village.

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