Djuna: The Life and Work of Djuna Barnes

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The first biography of its subject in more than a decade draws on interviews with Djuna Barnes's brother and unpublished letters, tracing the life and career of the early twentieth-century bisexual writer and friend to James Joyce and T. S. Eliot.

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Phillip Herring is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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This critical biography illuminates Barnes's brilliant but often enigmatic writings with a wealth of information culled from new interviews with her brother and from her personal papers. A professor of modernist literature at the University of Wisconsin, Herring traces her creative influences to gain a greater understanding of her writing, elucidating the ways in which her unusual life shaped her literary genius. Herring's portrait of the artist as a young woman focuses on the close and sexualized relationship Barnes had with her grandmother Zadel, a poet and an exuberant proponent of free love. Zadel has alternately been seen by other biographers as Barnes's corrupter and as her feminist protector against patriarchal authority, but Herring avoids such unequivocal judgments by interpreting Zadel's ideas and character primarily as fodder for the fictions. While this method of biographical criticism fosters occasionally presumptuous speculations about the relationship between the life and work, Djuna is a fascinating study of this elusive author whose admirers included T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound. Following close on the heels of the publication of a recently restored edition of Barnes's classic Nightwood, Djuna is a valuable contribution to the growing body of Barnes scholarship.
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