Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Barnes, Djuna
Birth Name: Djuna Barnes
Pseudonym: Lydia Steptoe
Pseudonym: A Lady of Fashion
Pseudonym: Gunga Duhl, the Pen Performer
Best-known for her novel Nightwood, 1936, about her fellow Americans in Paris, DB
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.
Broe, Mary Lynn. “Introduction”. Silence and Power: A Reevaluation of Djuna Barnes, Southern Illinois University Press, pp. 3-23.
Though emotionally empty, the marriage was artistically productive. Most significantly, Bryher's introductions and family funds allowed McAlmon to establish his influential press, Contact Editions
. Thus, Bryher's money and social connections enabled the publication of...
Over the years, the old crowd had begun to disperse and the Saturday evening salons were frequented more by writers and less by artists. Although GS
had published only a few volumes and had often...
Harriet Shaw Weaver
McAlmon hosted a dinner party which Weaver attended together with Djuna Barnes
, William Bird
, sculptor Thelma Wood
, and Ezra Pound
, who mortified her by teasing her, quite without justification, about her...
In Chelsea AW
formed a friendship with the painter Eliot Seabrooke
, a large and centred personality
Dunn, Jane. Antonia White: A Life. Jonathan Cape.
who supplied an oasis of sanity in her life and helped her to sort out her opinions...
Some of the most interesting poems first published in this collection are the playful or satirical responses to other writers. To Men answers a poem of the same title by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Intertextuality and Influence
One of the twelve sections is no more fifty words. The novel's decadent style inhabits the minds of several characters, particularly that of the tall, fragile, perpetually exhausted but secretly sexually voracious Antonia Mount. Her...
26 July 1915: The first issue of Bruno's Weekly, edited...
Writing climate item
26 July 1915
The first issue of Bruno's Weekly, edited by Guido Bruno
, was published in New York.
Barnes, Djuna. A Book. Boni and Liveright, 1923.
Barnes, Djuna. A Night Among the Horses. Horace Liveright, 1929.
Eliot, T. S., and Djuna Barnes. “Introduction”. Nightwood, Faber and Faber, 1950.
Lanser, Susan Sniader, and Djuna Barnes. “Introduction”. Ladies Almanack, New York University Press, 1992, p. xv - li.
Barnes, Djuna. Ladies Almanack. Darantière, 1928.
Barnes, Djuna, and Susan Sniader Lanser. Ladies Almanack. New York University Press, 1992.
Barnes, Djuna, and Douglas Messerli. New York. Editor Barry, Alyce, Sun and Moon, 1989.
Barnes, Djuna. Nightwood. Faber and Faber, 1936.
Barnes, Djuna. Ryder. Horace Liveright, 1928.
Barnes, Djuna. The Antiphon. Faber and Faber, 1958.
Barnes, Djuna. The Book of Repulsive Women. Guido Bruno, 1915.