Barnes, Djuna

Barnes, Djuna

Barnes, Djuna (jo͞onˈə), 1892–1982, American author, b. Cornwall, N.Y. She is best known for her modernist novel Nightwood (1936), which, in its sense of horror and decay, was likened by T. S. Eliot, who edited the book, to an Elizabethan tragedy. Barnes also wrote several one-act plays produced by the Provincetown Players from 1919 to 1920. Her other works include Ryder (1928), a novel; collections of short stories and poems, including A Night Among Horses (1929) and Selected Works (1962); and The Antiphon (1958), a tragedy in verse.


See biographies by A. Field (1983, 1985) and P. Herring (1995).

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Barnes, Djuna (Linda Steptoe, pen name)

(1892–1982) writer, poet; born in Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y. She studied at Pratt Institute and the Art Students League, N.Y., illustrated, and wrote short stories, poetry, and plays. She became an expatriate in Paris (1920–40), then returned to New York City where she lived as a virtual recluse (1940–82). Her best known work is Nightwood (1936), a modernist novel praised by T. S. Eliot.
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References in periodicals archive ?
Barnes, Djuna. "Becoming Intimate with the Bohemians." New York Morning Telegraph Sunday Magazine 19 Nov.
Barnes, Djuna."Becoming Intimate with the Bohemians." NewYork 233-45.
This sinister, cross-dressing grandmother has been identified as Zadel Barnes, Djuna's real-life grandmother.