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Best-known for her novel Nightwood, 1936, about her fellow Americans in Paris, Djuna Barnes wrote in a number of other genres: plays, short stories, poetry, and journalism. Other works like the Ladies Almanack defy generic categorisation. Her writing is heavily if not cryptically autobiographical. Her works frequently appeared with her own illustrations. She based many of her characters on her family, ex-lovers, and acquaintances. Critic Mary Lynn Broe writes: "Most of Barnes' major writings—the short stories in Spillway, the novel Ryder, but particularly the heavily excised twenty-nine drafts of The Antiphon—encode the sexual violations and erotic entanglements in the patriarchal family." Bibliographic Citation link.
12 June 1892 DB was born in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York. Bibliographic Citation link.
June 1913 DB's first articles as a freelance journalist began appearing in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle at around the time of her twenty-first birthday. Bibliographic Citation link.
October 1936 DB's novel Nightwood was published in London by Faber and Faber. Bibliographic Citation link.
18 June 1982 DB died in her apartment in Patchin Place, New York, after many years of poor health and chronic pain. Bibliographic Citation link.
October 1982 DB's bestiary, Creatures in an Alphabet, was published by Dial a few months after her death. Bibliographic Citation link.
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