30 July 2008

Djuna Barnes

While I am loath to recommend using Wikipedia as an authoritative source, I found its entry on Djuna Barnes quite useful. You can read it here. Pay attention to the deatails about its publishing history (how Faber and Faber published it, with an introduction by TS Eliot, in an expensive edition, etc.)

1 comment:

Richard Rossi said...

Interesting. The dream Nora has about her grandmother's death (the one she relates during her long conversation with the doctor in the next to last chapter) takes on a whole new meaning in light of the information about Barnes'early life and her relationship with her grandmother.

I don't I agree with it, but I understand why Eliot could say that this novel could best be appreciated by someone who is a reader of poetry. The monologues especially have a very lyrical feel to them.