Natalie Clifford Barney

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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.
Benstock, Shari. Women of the Left Bank: Paris, 1900-1940. University of Texas Press, 1986.
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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.
Half-length painting of Natalie Clifford Barney by her mother, Alice Pike Barney, 1896. She faces the viewer directly: blonde, blue-eyed, wearing a black dress, fur cape, and blue velvet hat with a tall feather. Her hair, divided in the centre, is roughly brushed back.
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Milestones

31 October 1876
NCB was born in Dayton, Ohio.
Chalon, Jean. Portrait of a Seductress: The World of Natalie Barney. Barko, CarolTranslator , Crown, 1979.
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Rood, Karen Lane, editor. Dictionary of Literary Biography 4. Gale Research, 1980.
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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 .
Wickes, George. The Amazon of Letters: The Life and Loves of Natalie Barney. G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1976.
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Benstock, Shari. Women of the Left Bank: Paris, 1900-1940. University of Texas Press, 1986.
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Chalon, Jean. Portrait of a Seductress: The World of Natalie Barney. Barko, CarolTranslator , Crown, 1979.
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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 .
Rood, Karen Lane, editor. Dictionary of Literary Biography 4. Gale Research, 1980.
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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.
Rood, Karen Lane, editor. Dictionary of Literary Biography 4. Gale Research, 1980.
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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.
Chalon, Jean. Portrait of a Seductress: The World of Natalie Barney. Barko, CarolTranslator , Crown, 1979.
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Rood, Karen Lane, editor. Dictionary of Literary Biography 4. Gale Research, 1980.
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Chalon, Jean, and Natalie Clifford Barney. “Note”. Un panier de framboises, Mercure de France, 1979, pp. 41 - 3.
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Biography

Birth and Background

31 October 1876
NCB was born in Dayton, Ohio.
Chalon, Jean. Portrait of a Seductress: The World of Natalie Barney. Barko, CarolTranslator , Crown, 1979.
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Rood, Karen Lane, editor. Dictionary of Literary Biography 4. Gale Research, 1980.
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