Adventures of the Mind: The Memoirs of Natalie Clifford Barney

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NYU Press, 1992 - 290 pages
Every Friday, for half a decade beginning in 1909, whenever she was in Paris, Natalie Clifford Barney hosted the one of the most brilliant international salons of its day. Barney received in her home such literary, artistic, musical and intellectual beacons of the 20th century as James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, Colette, Isadora Duncan, Auguste Rodin, Romaine Brooks, William Carlos Williams, Paul Valery, Renee Vivian, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Truman Capote. In 1929, she shared her life, in and out of the salon, through the publication of the first of three volumes of reminiscences. Here Barney explores her family tree, chronicles her friendships and associations through reprinted correspondence and recreated conversations, and evokes the golden age of her salon in a gallery of literary portraits. The first half of the volume features a baker's dozen of the male writers she kneow, from Oscar Wilde, whom she literally ran into at the age of five, to Pierre Louys, who encouraged her fledgling writing career and Paul Valery, an "Immortal" in the Academie Francaise. Barney dedicated the latter half of her diary to the Academie des Femmes, which she founded in 1927, as a counterpart to the male bastion of the French Academy. The book preserves the proceedings of meetings between such figures as Lucie Delarue-Mardrus, Colette, Gertrude Stein, Djuna Barnes and Mina Loy, in the distinctive voices of their speakers.
 

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Forewarning
19
Oscar Wilde in the United States
31
Among the Amazons
45
Marcel Proust
57
Belated Appreciation
68
Fleg Then Zangwill Then Fleg
75
1o Max Jacob
86
Doctor JésusChrist Mardrus
92
Colette
151
Rachilde
153
Festival in Return
155
Mina Loy
158
Elisabeth de Gramont
161
Djuna Barnes
165
Gertrude Stein
171
The Case of a Great Painter of the Human Face
180

The Critical State of André Rouveyre
96
The Dawn of an Academician An Attempt at Clarification
102
Legends and Anecdotes Translators and Detractors
124
Part
131
Foreword
133
Lucie DelarueMardrus President
141
English Bohemian Life and Anna Wickham
144
Renée Vivien
184
Retrospective of Marie Lenéru by Magdeleine Marx Paz
191
LeaveTaking
197
Notes
199
Bibliography
269
Index
279
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Translator John Spalding Gatton is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Bellarmine College.

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