By Natalie Clifford Barney
Eventually, the writing of 1 of the century's so much infamous lesbians comes in English. notwithstanding most sensible recognized for web hosting the avant garde of Paris for thirty years, Colette, Renee Vivien, Marcel Proust and Gertrude Stein, to say a number of, she used to be additionally a author who challenged the male-dominated literary institution either within the content material and the shape of her paintings. Now we will observe her perspectives at the humans, locations and occasions of that interesting and stimulating period for ourselves. here's a lively translation of Barney's thought-provoking paintings via certainly one of Britain's best writers.
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In addition, novels with lesbian content had a long history in France, and Barney was familiar with Thoéphile de Gautier's Mlle de Maupin as well as the lesbian characters in the work of such distinguished writers as Balzac and Zola whereas in the United States almost another century would pass before Dickinson was read as a lesbian! The final factor in Barney's choice of French was her friendship with Rémy de Gourmont. Gourmont was a literary critic for the Mercure de France (a leading newspaper), and in a country in which people rarely agree on anything, Gourmont's writing was almost universally acclaimed, the Renaissance scope of his knowledge winning wide respect.
As though happiness were possible here on earth for those who know and understand... And I, I was sitting behind them alone, isolated, and I turned my head so that I should not hear them. And I gazed off into the distance at the road we had travelled. The moon sulked, still hidden by the Milky Way, the White Way lit up the sky and I thought of you, Moonbeam, of your fine fair hair... Yes, I thought of You, my little blue flower I will never see again, whose perfume intoxicated me oh so sweetly.
When she became animated her smooth complexion, set off by a beauty spot, would turn virginal pink. If I describe her features in fine detail it is to provide a more truthful portrait than Rodin's bust of the poetess now on display in the Rue de Varenne Museum, which carries her name but not her likeness. Furthermore, I feel I know her better than she knew herself, when she confesses: You understand me, I am a mediocre person, Neither good nor very bad, easy-going, a little sly I hate strong perfume and loud voices And grey is dearer to me than scarlet or ochre.