Fall 1992 • Vol. XIV No. 4 Book ReviewsOctober 1, 1992 |

Searching for Djuna

Silence and Power: A Reevaluation of Djuna Barnes edited by Mary Lynn Broe. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1991. 424 pages. $29.95; $13.95, paper. "I am the most famous unknown of the century!" Djuna Barnes wrote to Natalie Barney in 1963. In that letter, a seventy-one-year-old Barnes disdains the lack of attention given to her literary work despite her fame as the author of Nightwood, her prior charismatic presence among the literati in New York, London, and Paris; and her legendary wit and beauty. Barnes also acknowledges the discrepancy between her highly public and publicized persona and her inscrutable or misapprehended personal self. In 1913 Djuna Barnes began her professional life in the public eye, first as a journalist and illustrator for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and as an interviewer of such public and popular figures as Alfred Stieglitz, Lillian Russell, Mary Harris "Mother" Jones, and Billy Sunday (collections of Barnes' journalistic pieces and i

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