US novelist, poet, illustrator, dramatist.
She was critically acclaimed, though not widely read, for her short stories and one-act plays, many of which she illustrated, e.g. "Nightwood," 1936.
Life, the permission to know death.
The priceless galaxy of misinformation called the mind . . .
We are beginning to wonder whether a servant girl hasn't the best of it after all. She knows how the salad tastes without the dressing, and she knows how life's lived before it gets to the parlor door.
What is a ruin but time easing itself of endurance?
Well, isn't Bohemia a place where everyone is as good as everyone else -- and must not a waiter be a little less than a waiter to be a good Bohemian?
Published Sources for
the above Quotations:
In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
"The Home Club: For Servants Only," in Brooklyn Daily Eagle (12 Oct. 1913; repr. in Djuna Barnes's New York, 1989).
"Selected Works of Djuna Barnes," 1962.
"Becoming Intimate with the Bohemians," in New York Morning Telegraph Sunday Magazine (19 Nov. 1916; repr. in Djuna Barnes's New York, 1989).