Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972)

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Natalie Clifford Barney (October 31, 1876 - February 2, 1972) published five books of poetry, three books of epigrams, two books of essays, and one novel, as well as three memoirs. She spent most of her childhood in Washington, D.C. where she was known for her rebellious and unconventional ways. She later ran a literary salon in Paris, which was a central place for lesbian and gay writers of the Modernist movement to hold discussions on the social conventions of their time and the problems with them. Some of the writers who attended her salons included Gertrude Stein, Colette, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Barney also founded the Women’s Academy for female writers, since the French Academy did not allow admission to women. Her poetry focused on her love of women, pacifism, Paganism, and feminism. She is also well-known for the sharp wit of her epigrams. AND AND AND DC Writers’ Homes:

written by Word Works intern Monica Root, September 2013

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