Natalie Clifford Barney
Paris: Émile-Paul Frères, 1920
Natalie Clifford Barney lived her life as openly lesbian, and her sexuality was consistently entwined with literature from the moment that her first known affair, with Liane de Pougy, became transformed into a bestselling novel. While she wrote consistently throughout her life, in a multitude of forms and experimental styles, it is as the leader of a salon that she is most remembered, and perhaps predominantly through the writings of others, including Djuna Barnes. While her writing was largely forgotten and untaught, it is intriguing that this library purchased this bilingual and mildly erotic work, held in only four libraries in the country.