Women We Should Know : Djuna Barnes


My Nightwood

is some where else

on another shelf

on another table

by someone elses bed

in the hands of another woman

I no longer know

 pd lyons

 

 

 

night wood

night wood

 

 

 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Djuna_Barnes

Nightwood

 

Barnes’s reputation as a writer was made when Nightwood was published in England in 1936 in an expensive edition by Faber and Faber, and in America in 1937 by Harcourt, Brace and Company, with an added introduction by T. S. Eliot.

 

The novel, set in Paris in the 1920s, revolves around the lives of five characters, two of whom are based on Barnes and Wood, and it reflects the circumstances surrounding the ending of their relationship. In his introduction, Eliot praises Barnes’ style, which, while having “prose rhythm . . ., and the musical pattern which is not that of verse, is so good a novel that only sensibilities trained on poetry can wholly appreciate it.”

 

Due to concerns about censorship, Eliot edited Nightwood to soften some language relating to sexuality and religion. An edition restoring these changes, edited by Cheryl J. Plumb, was published by Dalkey Archive Press in 1995.

 

Dylan Thomas described Nightwood as “one of the three great prose books ever written by a woman,” while William Burroughs called it “one of the great books of the twentieth century.” It was number 12 on a list of the top 100 gay books compiled by The Publishing Triangle in 1999.[64]

 

 

 

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