The Amazon Of Letters The Life And Loves Of Natalie Barney by George Wickes - PDF and EPUB eBook

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Natalie Barney was an absolutely fascinating figure and, though I don't particularly care for biographies, I wanted to...

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The Amazon Of Letters The Life And Loves Of Natalie Barney
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George Wickes
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The Amazon Of Letters The Life And Loves Of Natalie Barney

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Natalie Barney was an absolutely fascinating figure and, though I don't particularly care for biographies, I wanted to read this book, which in fact did the subject justice and provided a very interesting and balanced look at The Amazon of Letters. Also known as a Female Don Juan, Barney was as famous for her numerous and wildly dramatic love affairs as she was for her input on a literary scene. She lived a long and happy (it seems) life, American ex patriot, who chose Paris as her home and remains loyal to it to the end, surviving two wars.

What's particularly fascinating about her is that Barney was neither a great beauty nor a phenomenal writing talent, albeit a very talented epigrammatist, much like her favorite Oscar Wilde. Basically the woman got along on her family's wealth and her seemingly boundless charm. Her romantic conquests were legendary and seemingly everyone, man and women (with exception of Truman Capote who met her late in life and didn't seem all that impressed), fell under her spell.

In this well researched book, the author spends about 230 pages on fairly straight up narrative biographic facts and then remaining 70 pages on interviews with her contemporaries (living at the time of book's publication in the 1970s), so that the reader gets a really well rounded perspective. There is also an insert with some photos and portrait reproductions. I think as far as biographies go, this one did an excellent job of fleshing out a captivating, enchanting and complex character with personal charisma reserve the size of Australia.

Anyone interested in lesbian history, bygone Paris literary scene, European writers and artists of that era or just wanting to discover a world now irrevocably lost, a world where conversation was an art form and art was all around, a world of literary salons and wild characters and scandalous and grand love affairs, would be interested in this book. Recommended.