Sunday, July 01, 2007

Barney immersion

I've been indulging in Wild Heart, a biography of Natalie Clifford Barney, ex-patriate, "leading lesbian" and salon host of Paris. I'm about halfway through the book and congratulate the author, Suzanne Rodriquez, on keeping the tale intriguing and objective.

Joan brought me an old edition of the Paris Review which contains a Barney remembrance section compiled by George Wickes. In exchange, I loaned Joan my old Naiad Press copies of A Woman Appeared to Me and At the Sweet Hour of Hand and Hand, both by Renee Vivien (Pauline Tarn). This evening, Joan ordered two more Barney-related books (A Perilous Adventure and The Amazon and the Page). Women of the Left Bank also awaits.

Looks like I'm in for a Barney-immersion.

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