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portrait of Djuna Barnes taken by American photographer Berenice Abbott
(1898-1991), whose best known works are her photographs of urban landscapes.
Abbott shared an apartment with Djuna Barnes in Greenwich Village
circa 1918 and dated Thelma Wood, one of Barnes's eventual lovers
and the inspiration for Robin Vote in Nightwood.
photograph of Barnes taken by accomplished eclectic artist Man Ray
(1890-1976), a longtime admirer and friend of Barnes.
in Paris circa 1925. A member of the expatriate circle, she left the
United States in 1920 and stayed abroad until 1940.
and Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven (1874-1927), an artist associated
with the Dada movement and often designated as the first New York
Dadaist, at the beach circa 1926. She became one of Barnes's biggest
picture taken by Berenice Abbott in the 1920s of Djuna Barnes's lover
Thelma Wood (1901-1970). Barnes and Wood's relationship served as
a primary source for Robin Vote and her many failed relationships
supporters and confidants Emily Holmes Coleman (top, 1899-1974) and
Peggy Guggenheim (bottom, 1898-1979). Barnes often wrote to Coleman
for suggestions on textual revisions and for personal advice. Guggenheim
monetarily supported Barnes and her work until Barnes's death in 1982.
In fact, much of Nightwood was written on an estate that Guggenheim
provided for Barnes.
of Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972). Barnes had a brief affair
with Barney, whose salon in Paris at the Hotel D' Angleterre--a residence
of Barnes's in Paris--served as a thinly veiled source for many characters
in Barnes's Ladies
S. Eliot (1888-1965) served as one of Barnes's greatest admirers and
critics. He wrote the Introduction
to Barnes's Modernist masterpiece Nightwood as well as the
Introduction to her play The Antiphon.
photo of Barnes being forced fed that appeared in World Magazine
on September 6, 1914. The picture and the article that followed serve
as examples of Barnes's sensational journalistic style. In addition
to writing this article, she wrote articles on coming face-to-face
with a gorilla and being rescued from the roof of a skyscraper.
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