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Book Title: Smoke: And Other Early Stories|
The author of the book: Djuna Barnes
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 25.96 MB
Edition: Sun & Moon
Date of issue: January 1st 1987
ISBN 13: 9781557130143
Read full description of the books Smoke: And Other Early Stories:I have the l985 edition by Virago Modern Classics Press. The cover shows a detail from "Card Players" by Tamara de Lempicka, which I think quite suits the era and mood.
14 incisive tales in the book wonderfully evoke Greenwich Village Bohemia between 1914 and 1916. Her writing is exquisite and decadent and full of lovers and loners, schemers and dreamers and more. Beginning in 1923, when Djuna was 21, and through the next 6 yrs, she published over 100 articles and interviews in New York newspapers as well as 25 dramas and fiction pieces in the New York Morning Telegraph's Sunday magazine. These fiction stories add one more important chapter to what Eugune Jolas called " The revolution of the word".
Read information about the authorBarnes has been cited as an influence by writers as diverse as Truman Capote, William Goyen, Isak Dinesen, John Hawkes, Bertha Harris and Anaïs Nin. Writer Bertha Harris described her work as "practically the only available expression of lesbian culture we have in the modern western world" since Sappho.
Barnes played an important part in the development of 20th century English language modernist writing and was one of the key figures in 1920s and 30s bohemian Paris after filling a similar role in the Greenwich Village of the teens. Her novel Nightwood became a cult work of modern fiction, helped by an introduction by T. S. Eliot. It stands out today for its portrayal of lesbian themes and its distinctive writing style. Since Barnes's death, interest in her work has grown and many of her books are back in print.
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