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A portrait of Djuna Barnes taken by American photographer Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), whose best known works are her photographs of urban landscapes. Abbott shared an apartment with Djuna Barnes in Greenwich Village circa 1918 and dated Thelma Wood, one of Barnes's eventual lovers and the inspiration for Robin Vote in Nightwood.
A photograph of Barnes taken by accomplished eclectic artist Man Ray (1890-1976), a longtime admirer and friend of Barnes.
Barnes in Paris circa 1925. A member of the expatriate circle, she left the United States in 1920 and stayed abroad until 1940.
Barnes and Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven (1874-1927), an artist associated with the Dada movement and often designated as the first New York Dadaist, at the beach circa 1926. She became one of Barnes's biggest supporters.
A picture taken by Berenice Abbott in the 1920s of Djuna Barnes's lover Thelma Wood (1901-1970). Barnes and Wood's relationship served as a primary source for Robin Vote and her many failed relationships in Nightwood.
Barnes's supporters and confidants Emily Holmes Coleman (top, 1899-1974) and Peggy Guggenheim (bottom, 1898-1979). Barnes often wrote to Coleman for suggestions on textual revisions and for personal advice. Guggenheim monetarily supported Barnes and her work until Barnes's death in 1982. In fact, much of Nightwood was written on an estate that Guggenheim provided for Barnes.
Photograph of Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972). Barnes had a brief affair with Barney, whose salon in Paris at the Hotel D' Angleterre--a residence of Barnes's in Paris--served as a thinly veiled source for many characters in Barnes's Ladies Alamanack.
T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) served as one of Barnes's greatest admirers and critics. He wrote the Introduction to Barnes's Modernist masterpiece Nightwood as well as the Introduction to her play The Antiphon.
A photo of Barnes being forced fed that appeared in World Magazine on September 6, 1914. The picture and the article that followed serve as examples of Barnes's sensational journalistic style. In addition to writing this article, she wrote articles on coming face-to-face with a gorilla and being rescued from the roof of a skyscraper.


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