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Djuna Barnes

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Book Description

Feb. 23 2010 American Literature
an affectionate portrait of the expatriate lesbian

Product Details

  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: DALKEY ARCHIVE PRESS (Feb. 23 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916583880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916583880
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 15.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 141 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #707,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Djuna Barnes must have had great fun writing and illustrating this book. It's a lively lampoon of her lesbian chums of Left Bank Paris in the 1920s. The main character, Dame Evangeline Musset, is based on the notorious dyke Natalie Barney. Structured as a month-by-month almanac in a style that owes as much to Shakespeare's comedies as to any literature of the intervening centuries, Barnes's book follows the Dame's amorous, often naughty, adventures.


"As an 'Almanack,' the book celebrates the uniqueness of women . . . extolling their society with separatist sentiment not violent or radical so much as mirthful and delightful." -- The Daily Helmsman 11-5-91

"[I]f you are able to contain your cackling long enough to consider the truth underlying the jest, you will come away with an understanding of the dilemmas facing lesbians at the opening of the century. You'll find that they are not much different from the questions we grapple with today." -- Lambda Book Report 12-91

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary book. Great fun reading and rereading it. Feb. 19 1998
By A Customer - Published on
This is a funny book written in a poetry like style.The amusing illustrations are inspired on old wood engravings.But it's not only the story an the illustrations that are interesting. The book itself, the way it was published and distributed is also verry interesting and even romantic.In 1928 'spicy' books weren't allowed, not even in Paris France. So it was privately published in a small edition of which about 50 copies were hand coloured by the author. All books were sold by Djuna Barnes and some frends in secret along the Seine.With the help of Natalie Barneys copie the 1972 edition contains an explanation of the names used in the story and who they were in real life.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine storytelling Dec 19 2005
By Book Lover - Published on
Djuna Barnes (June 12, 1892 - June 18, 1982) played an important part in the development of 20th century English language modernist writing by women and was one of the key figures in 1920s and 30s bohemian Paris.

Her novel Nightwood became a cult work of modern fiction, helped by an introduction written by T.S. Eliot, and stands out for for its portrayal of lesbian themes and distinctive style.

Barnes spent the last 40 years of her life as a recluse in New York city. Since her death, interest in her work has grown and many of her books, like this one, are now back in print.

Her books are lively, irreverent, and just plain fun to read in modern times. I highly recommend that you introduce yourself to this original author!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wiggling of Barnes' Humor July 30 2013
By pucker - Published on
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Even though Djuana Barnes did not consider this work had any significance, it has had just the opposite effect for lesbians in the 20th and 21st century. If you know and understand the circle of friends that Natalie Barney was surrounded by, then the book is so much more enjoyable. The satire is irrepressible and is cloaked in rich coded language, and the book becomes a puzzle to figure out who and what Barnes is poking fun at. Buy it and find out!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Edition - Poor Quality Sept. 16 2013
By Steven A. - Published on
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The book itself is great - not for the casual reader, though. Like a lot of Barnes' work, it's a challenge. My one star is specifically for the kindle edition. It has several typos and does a poor job integrating the images. It also isn't able to show the text in columns as it appears in the physical book. I was so excited to purchase the kindle edition since my physical copy from Dalkey Archive Press (1992) is such a low quality it fell apart on the first reading. Plus the kindle edition has some great scholarly forwards. I'm just disappointed that it was not proofread before publication and, somehow, can't present the text and images as they appear in the book. I can't believe I prefer my edition that is currently in multiple pieces.

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