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Djuna Barnes' extraordinary novel, Nightwood, documents the lives of Americans and Europeans in Paris in the decadent roaring twenties.
Djuna Barnes was born in 1892 in Cornwall-on-Hudson in New York State. She studied art and worked as a journalist in New York before moving to Paris in the twenties. Her other works include The Book of Repulsive Women (1915), Ladies Almanack (1928), Ryder (1928), the verse play The Antiphon (1958), and collections of journalism, interviews and short stories. She returned to Greenwich Village in1940 and died there in 1982.
Djuna Barnes is a writer of wild and original gifts. . . .To her name there is always to be attached the splendor of Nightwood, a lasting achievement of her great gifts and eccentricities---her passionate prose and, in this case, a genuineness of human passions.--Elizabeth Hardwick