A Perilous Advantage: The Best of Natalie Clifford Barney by Natalie Clifford Barney

By Natalie Clifford Barney

Eventually, the writing of 1 of the century's so much infamous lesbians comes in English. although most sensible identified for website hosting the avant garde of Paris for thirty years, Colette, Renee Vivien, Marcel Proust and Gertrude Stein, to say a couple 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 realize her perspectives at the humans, locations and occasions of that fascinating and stimulating period for ourselves. here's a lively translation of Barney's thought-provoking paintings through certainly one of Britain's best writers.

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Comforted by my sympathy, she told me about her broken engagement to the son of a great Austrian family and how she had been sent away despite his love for her. Each time I saw her looking sad I would slip over to her and murmur kind words. As she seemed inconsolable and her black hair had begun to be threaded with white, I tenderly put my head on her shoulder and spoke to her in a low voice as though I were her lost fiancé. The words I offered seemed to soothe her bruised heart, for she pressed me against her breast.

Night after night we would laugh at the caricatures which distorted the figures and caught the tics and mannerisms of the hotel guests whom she watched closely at the tables d'hôte. Unlike her usual, indulgent self, when she ran into old friends she would see them in a new way and would portray all their peculiarities. If travel broadens young minds, it is more likely to deform those who are no longer young... Our cousin, dazzling and bedazzled, was fascinated by everything. Sometimes when there weren't enough beds, I would sleep with her.

The atmosphere of feverish passion which permeates her little book no longer existed. The school had changed hands. " Though there were torrid affairs, as in any boarding school. We witnessed two small scandals. The first was caused by two of the "big girls," American sisters who imagined they were as free here as they had been back home. Flattered by the glances of two cavalry men on maneuvers, they conducted a correspondence with the officers which was later intercepted. The second scandal affected us more directly.

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