Ladies Almanack Paperback – Dec 23 2014
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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.
"Barnes... spoofed the gay and not so gay times of her circle in Ladies Almanack, but if she was able to lampoon it... then she was also able to celebrate it." --Jeanette WintersonSee all Product Description
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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!
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