Wild Girls: Paris, Sappho, and Art: The Lives and Loves of Natalie Barney and Romaine Brooks

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Macmillan, Apr 17, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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Wild Girls is the critically acclaimed true story of two wealthy American heiresses---one an artist, the other a writer---whose stormy, passionate love affair captivated Paris’s salon set between the wars.

Natalie Barney and Romaine Brooks were rich, American, eccentric, and grandly lesbian. They met in Paris in 1915, and their relationship lasted more than fifty years, despite infidelity, separation, and temperamental differences. Romaine Brooks, a painter, was the product of an unhappy childhood and trusted no one but Natalie. Natalie Barney was passionate about life, sex, and love. Her Friday afternoon salons, attended by Gertrude Stein, and Colette and Edith Sitwell, were a magnet for social introductions and cultural innovations.

Drawing from letters, papers, and paintings, Diana Souhami, the award-winning author of Mrs. Keppel and Her Daughter, re-creates the lives and loves of this pair of dazzling and wild women.

“Epic romance . . . smartly sex-positive and so good-naturedly shocking.”

---The New York Times Book Review

“Real tenderness and pathos . . . not only entertaining but affecting reading.”

---The Washington Post

“Their friends were the most bohemian, their parties the most risqué, their tortured love affair the most notorious in Europe. Diana Souhami tells a remarkable tale.”

---The Sunday Telegraph (UK)

 

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User Review  - Emily.D - LibraryThing

Fascinatingly detailed as a pair of character studies - it's hard to believe that both of these women really existed. They could easily be characters in a play or a novel. It's the descriptions of ... Read full review

Wild girls: Paris, Sappho, and art -- the lives and loves of Natalie Barney and Romaine Brooks

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Souhami (Selkirk's Island ; Mrs. Keppel and Her Daughter ) has written a fast-paced dual biography of poet and socialite Natalie Barney and her lover, artist Romaine Brooks. The book is a chronicle of ... Read full review

Contents

List of Illustrations ix
1
Liane de Pougy
7
Discursion i
17
Discursion 2
25
Discursion j
35
Discursion 4
51
Discursion 5
57
Discursion 7
65
Natalie and Romaine
137
Discursion 17
143
Discursion 18
149
Discursion 19
155
Discursion 20
162
Discursion 21
168
Discursion 22
177
Discursion 2
184

Discursion 8
71
Discursion 14
107
Discursion 15
118
Gabriele DAnnunzio
124
Ida Rubinstein
130
Madame Lahovary
186
Discursion 25
201
Index
215
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Diana Souhami is the author of 12 critically acclaimed nonfiction and biography books, including "Selkirk's Island" (winner of the Whitbread Biography Award), "The Trials of Radclyffe Hall" (winner of the Lambda Literary Award and shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Biography), the bestselling "Mrs. Keppel and Her Daughter" (winner of the Lambda Literary Award and a "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year), "Gertrude and Alice", and "Wild Girls: Paris, Sappho, and Art". She lives in London.

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