Natalie Clifford Barney (1876–1972) was an American author and poet,
who lived as an expatriate in Paris. Barney's salon was held at her
home on Paris's Left Bank for more than 60 years and brought together
writers and artists from around the world, including many leading
figures in French literature along with American and British Modernists
of the Lost Generation. She worked to promote writing by women and
formed a "Women's Academy" in response to the all-male French Academy
while also giving support and inspiration to male writers from Remy de
Gourmont to Truman Capote. She was openly lesbian and began publishing
love poems to women under her own name as early as 1900, considering
scandal as "the best way of getting rid of nuisances". In her writings
she supported feminism, paganism and pacifism. She opposed monogamy and
had many overlapping, long and short-term relationships, including an
on-and-off romance with poet Renée Vivien, dancer Armen Ohanian and a
50-year relationship with painter Romaine Brooks. Her life and love
affairs served as inspiration for many novels, ranging from the
salacious French bestseller Sapphic Idyll to The Well of Loneliness,
arguably the most famous lesbian novel of the 20th century.
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