A Perilous Advantage
by Natalie Clifford Barney; Anna Livia
Copyright Year: 1992
Publisher: New Victoria Publishers
Editor: Anna Livia
Format: Trade Paperback
No. of Pages: 198
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Finally, the writing of one of the century’s most famous lesbians is available in English. The witticisms and observations of Natalie Clifford Barney, a prominent personality among the avant-garde of Paris in the 20s and 30s. Born in 1876, Natalie Barney-beautiful, charismatic, brilliant and wealthy-was expected to marry well and lead the conventional life of a privileged society woman. But Natalie had no interest in marriage and made no secret of the fact that she was attracted to women. Brought up by a talented and rebellious mother-the painter Alice Barney-Natalie cultivated an interest in poetry and the arts. When she moved to Paris in the early 1900s, she plunged into the city’s literary scene, opening a famed Left Bank literary salon and engaging in a string of scandalous affairs with courtesan Liane de Pougy, poet Renee Vivien, and painter Romaine Brooks, among others. For the rest of her long and controversial life Natalie Barney was revered by writers for her generous, eccentric spirit and reviled by high society for her sexual appetite. In the end, she served as an inspiration and came to know many of the greatest names of 20th century arts and letters-including Proust, Colette, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Isadora Duncan, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and Truman Capote.
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