Cinq Petits Dialogues Grecs (Antithèses et Parallèles)
by TRYPHÊ [pseud. Natalie Clifford Barney]
Paris: Éditions de la Plume, 1902. First Edition. Collection of Sapphic prose poems published pseudonymously by the American expatriate author and playwright Natalie Clifford Barney at the age of twenty-six, composed during the author's affair with Renée Vivien (pen name of Pauline Tarn), a British Symbolist author who also wrote in French. Barney, openly lesbian, feminist, pacifist, and opposer of monogamy, inspired by Louÿs' lesbian erotic poetry collection Chansons de Bilitis (1894), began writing explicitly about lesbianism in her first published work Quelques Portraits-Sonnets de Femmes (1900). Barney was equally famous for her love affairs with such notable artists as the most saught-after French courtesane and cabaret dancer of the era Liane de Pougy, painter Romaine Brookes, and the above-mentioned Vivien. Barney also inspired Pougy's erotic autobiographical novel Sapphic Idyll and Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness. Octavo; original cream wrappers printed in green; viii,-113pp. A few soil spots to wrappers, spine a hint rubbed and dust-soiled, else an About Fine, unopened copy. Dedication reads: "Dédié a Monsieur Pierre Louÿs par 'une jeune fille de la Société future.'" (Inventory #: 29266)
The history, literature, and art of American social movements, including Civil Rights, Feminism, Labor History, Radical Politics, and Counterculture.
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