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Poetry / Memoir / Lesbian Interest

Collected Poems
With Notes Toward the Memoirs
Djuna Barnes
Selected and edited by Phillip Herring and Osías Stutman

An essential collection

This groundbreaking edition compiles many of the late unpublished works of American writer Djuna Barnes (1892–1982). Because she published only seven poems and a play during the last forty years of her life, scholars believed Barnes wrote almost nothing during this period. But at the time of her death her apartment was filled with multiple drafts of unpublished poetry and notes toward her memoirs, both included here for the first time. Best known for her tragic lesbian novel Nightwood, Barnes has always been considered a crucial modernist. Her later poetry will only enhance this reputation as it shows her remarkable evolution from a competent young writer to a deeply intellectual poet in the metaphysical tradition. With the full force of her biting wit and dramatic flair, Barnes's autobiographical notes describe the expatriate scene in Paris during the 1920s, including her interactions with James Joyce and Gertrude Stein and her intimate recollections of T. S. Eliot. These memoirs provide a rare opportunity to experience the intense personality of this complex and fascinating poet.

"From Djuna Barnes's known and unknown literary output found amidst chaos of revisions and paper fragments, Phillip Herring and Osías Stutman have skillfully created the first collection of the span of Barnes's poetry, providing evidence that the author was indeed productive during the last forty years of her life far beyond the few known poems and play."—Jeris Cassel, Rutgers University librarian

Phillip Herring is professor emeritus of English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and now lives in Austin, Texas. He is the author of the biography Djuna: The Life and Work of Djuna Barnes. Osías Stutman, poet, immunologist, and professor emeritus at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, has published a Spanish translation of Barnes's poetry, which was on the bestseller list in Spain, where he now lives. His poems have been published in a variety of books and magazines.

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cover of Barnes is a colorized photo of Djuna Barnes in a green dress

December 2005
LC: 2005005462 PS
416 pp.  6 x 9
16 b/w photos, 4 illus.
Paper $24.95 t
ISBN 978-0-299-21234-6

The cloth edition, ISBN 978-0-299-21230-8, is out of print.

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