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Djuna Barnes Life Is Painful Nasty

Hank O'Neal

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ISBN 10: 1557783942 / ISBN 13: 9781557783943
Published by Paragon House, 1990
Used Condition: Used: Very Good Hardcover
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First Edition. Tight and clean except sticker ghost to ffep. DJ is rubbed/soiled, has small tear to corner, creases near head and top edge. Bookseller Inventory # 91518

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Title: Djuna Barnes Life Is Painful Nasty

Publisher: Paragon House

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Used: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very good

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Synopsis:

A portrait of the eccentric literary genius, Djuna Barnes, journeys beyond her mysterious self-imposed exile to present a look at her later years

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Literary recluse Djuna Barnes (1892-1982) had spent 40 years cloistered in a Greenwich Village garret when O'Neal, a record producer, first dropped by in 1978. A mutual acquaintance, photographer Berenice Abbott, had asked him to befriend the alienated, eccentric novelist-playwright-artist. O'Neal attended Barnes for three years, finding her by turns complex, intriguing and repulsive. She was full of engrossing memories; she seethed with homophobia (though bisexual herself), racism and simple meanness. She also struggled with writer's block, a condition made sadder by the promise evident in the snippets of poetry she managed to write. Unfortunately, O'Neal's "informal memoir" is disorganized and inconclusive, providing just a few biographical tidbits and a smidgen of psychological speculation. Only confirmed Barnes enthusiasts are likely to be interested. Photos.
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