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Natalie Clifford Barney, though American, is best known as a Paris salonnière. She specialized in memoirs and pensées, though she also produced poetry, drama, novels, essays, and dialogues. Writing primarily in French but also sometimes in English, she appropriated the epigrammatic tradition of Pascal, La Rochefoucauld, and Wilde for a female subject matter. Bibliographic Citation link. Much of her work celebrates sapphic love from a frankly autobiographical perspective. Her numerous sketches of writers and intellectuals, along with her fictionalized appearances in several works by others, attest to her prominent role in creating and extending Modernist literary networks.
31 October 1876 NCB was born in Dayton, Ohio. Bibliographic Citation link.
Spring 1900 NCB published her first volume of French verse, Quelques portraits-sonnets de femmes, illustrated with four portraits of women by her mother, Alice Pike Barney. Bibliographic Citation link.
1929 NCB published Aventures de l'esprit, a collection of short sketches of well-known writers, including the women who participated in the Académie des Femmes. Bibliographic Citation link.
1963 NCB, at the age of eighty-seven, published her last volume of memoirs and sketches, Traits et portraits, suivi de L'amour défendu, with Mercure de France in Paris. Bibliographic Citation link.
1:00 am, 2 February 1972 NCB, ninety-five years old, died in bed at the Hotel Meurice in Paris, having gone into a coma three hours earlier. Bibliographic Citation link.
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