Djuna Barnes





Djuna Barnes


Born
in Cornwall-on-Hudson, The United States
June 12, 1892

Died
June 18, 1982

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Barnes has been cited as an influence by writers as diverse as Truman Capote, William Goyen, Isak Dinesen, John Hawkes, Bertha Harris and Anaïs Nin. Writer Bertha Harris described her work as "practically the only available expression of lesbian culture we have in the modern western world" since Sappho.

Barnes 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. Since Barnes's death,
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Nightwood

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Smoke: And Other Early Stories

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Collected Stories

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Spillway and Other Stories

3.76 avg rating — 63 ratings — published 1923 — 10 editions
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The Antiphon

3.57 avg rating — 35 ratings — published 1958 — 4 editions
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Selected Works of Djuna Barnes

3.84 avg rating — 31 ratings — published 1962 — 4 editions
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New York

3.68 avg rating — 25 ratings — published 1920 — 5 editions
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More books by Djuna Barnes…
“A man is whole only when he takes into account his shadow.”
Djuna Barnes

“The unendurable is the beginning of the curve of joy.”
Djuna Barnes, Nightwood
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“I talk too much because I have been made so miserable by what you are keeping hushed.”
Djuna Barnes, Nightwood

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