Djuna Barnes (Djuna Barnes)

Djuna Barnes

Writer/Journalist: She was home schooled as a child. She attended Pratt Institute and Art Students League. She was a writer and illustrator for the Brooklyn Eagle. She published her first poetry book, “The Book of Repulsive Women” in 1915. By 1919, 3 of her plays were producted at the Provincetown Players. She published “A Book” in 1923. She went to Paris, France in 1921 as a correspondent for McCall’s and stayed until World War II.  She returned to Greenwich Village, New York City, and lived at Patchin Place.  She wrote The Ladies’ Almanac about Mina Loy, Janet Flanner, Dolly Wilde, and Gertrude Stein satirizing them.  Her second novel, “Nightwood” in 1923 would chronicalize her lesbian relationship with Thelma Wood.  They would later separate as a couple.  She became a recluse in Greenwich Village when she returned to America.  Her books, “Smoke and other Stories” in 1982 and “Creatures of the Alphabet” in 1982 were published after her death.  She was a considered to be major influence upon later writers.  She was one of the originators of black or dark comedy. (bio by: Genet)

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  • June, 12, 1892
  • USA


  • June, 06, 1982
  • USA


  • Cremated

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