[Item #6266] Djuna: The Life and Work of Djuna Barnes. Phillip Herring, Djuna Barnes.
Djuna: The Life and Work of Djuna Barnes
Djuna: The Life and Work of Djuna Barnes
Djuna: The Life and Work of Djuna Barnes
Djuna: The Life and Work of Djuna Barnes

Djuna: The Life and Work of Djuna Barnes

ISBN: 0670849693
New York, NY: Viking Penguin, 1995. First Edition. Hardcover. “Barnes’s fiction, poems, and plays—filled with a vengeful creative rage which staved off alcoholism and suicide—are hardly more compelling and bizarre than her life, which began with a crass and lecherous father, a bawdy suffragist spiritualist grandmother, and a violent sexual ‘initiation’; progressed through passionate affairs with both men and women; and climaxed in her supreme love for the artist Thelma Wood, whose betrayal engendered the tragic, wickedly satirical Nightwood.” (from front flap) Djuna Barnes (1892-1982) is an icon for early modernist literature as a trailblazer for lesbian characters and feminist ideas. The extent of the suffering she endured as a young woman is not documented in detail, but it is known that severe damage was done. The tragic lack of support for trauma recovery provided the arts with endless fodder in the 20th century at the expense of emotional stability for the creators, leading to alcoholism and depression. Biographer Phillip Herring (1936-2021) describes her impeccably well in the introduction: “[Barnes] was in fact torn between two conflicting impulses—the desire to scream to the world of the outrages that had been committed against her, and the more ladylike wish to endure her bitterness in silence. This ladylike second impulse, however, would manifest itself as anger at attempts to pry into her personal affairs, and during her lifetime she would have opposed by every possible legal means the writing of this biography.” (Introduction, pg. xv) A truly fascinating woman is explained for the first time in this biography. From the collection of Robin Eichele (b. 1941), noted Mimeograph Revolutionary & co-founder (with John Sinclair, R.I.P.) of the Detroit Artists’ Workshop. Hardcover in unclipped first-issue dust jacket (with “U.S. $29.95 / Canada $35.00” and “1195” on front flap): First Edition, “First published in 1995 by Viking Penguin,” as stated on copyright page, First Printing, as indicated by number sequence thereon. Book is in Very Fine condition with minor bumping to the corners of front, back covers. Dust jacket is in Fine condition with minor rubbing, scratching to front, back covers; minor bumping to the fine edges and corners of same; a small closed tear approximately 1” long from the top edge of spine along back cover edge and a small closed tear approximately 1.5” long from top left corner of back cover. Very Fine / Fine. [Item #6266]

Price: $30.00

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