"Life is painful, nasty and short...in my case it has only been painful and nasty." Djuna Barnes: An Informal Memoir.
by [Paris in the 20s] O'Neal, Hank.
A Fine tight copy in a Fine unclipped dust jacket. Literary recluse Djuna Barnes (1892-1982) had spent 40 years cloistered in a Greenwich Village garret when O'Neal, a record producer, first dropped by in 1978. A mutual acquaintance, photographer Berenice Abbott, had asked him to befriend the alienated, eccentric novelist-playwright-artist. O'Neal attended Barnes for three years, finding her by turns complex, intriguing and repulsive. She was full of engrossing memories; she seethed with homophobia (though bisexual herself), racism and simple meanness. She also struggled with writer's block, a condition made sadder by the promise evident in the snippets of poetry she managed to write.
Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition
Book Id: 26588