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Natalie Clifford Barney

Data de nascimento: 31. Outubro 1876
Data de falecimento: 2. Fevereiro 1972

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Natalie Clifford Barney foi uma dramaturga, poetisa e romancista estadunidense que viveu em Paris.

O salão literário de Barney, realizado em sua residência na margem esquerda de Paris por mais de sessenta anos, reuniu escritores e artistas de todo o mundo, incluindo figuras de destaque na literatura francesa, assim como modernistas estadunidenses e britânicos da geração perdida. Ela trabalhou para promover as escritoras, criando uma Academia Feminina, em resposta à predominância de figuras masculinas na Academia Francesa. Além disso, Barney ofereceu apoio e inspiração para autores masculinos como Remy de Gourmont e Truman Capote.

Barney era abertamente lésbica e começou a publicar poemas de amor endereçados a outras mulheres em 1900, já que considerava o escândalo a "melhor maneira de se livrar do incômodo" . Em seus escritos, ela apoiava o feminismo e o pacifismo, se opondo à monogamia. Barney teve muitos relacionamentos simultâneos, incluindo romances com a poetisa Renée Vivien e com a dançarina Armen Ohanian, além de um relacionamento de 50 anos com a pintora Romaine Brooks. Sua vida serviu de inspiração para muitos romances, como o best-seller francês Idylle Saphique, de Liane de Pougy, e The Well of Loneliness, de Radclyffe Hall, sem dúvida o romance lésbico mais famoso do século XX.

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„Why grab possessions like thieves, or divide them like socialists when you can ignore them like wise men: that you may belong to everything and everything be yours inclusive of yourself.“

— Natalie Clifford Barney
Context: I am beginning to have a healthy dread of possessions, be it of a country, a house, a being or even an idea. If we are bothered by possessions we cannot really live either from without or from within; we are the possession of our possessions. All wars and most loves come from the possessive instinct. Why grab possessions like thieves, or divide them like socialists when you can ignore them like wise men: that you may belong to everything and everything be yours inclusive of yourself. Could we, and we can, have the vital necessities for all, we should do away with this cry of class and begin to differentiate between individuals. Individual superiority can alone feed the soul and give back through some materialisation of itself this individualised wealth of being. In "My Country 'tis of Thee", ADAM International Review, No. 299 (1962)

„If we are bothered by possessions we cannot really live either from without or from within; we are the possession of our possessions.“

— Natalie Clifford Barney
Context: I am beginning to have a healthy dread of possessions, be it of a country, a house, a being or even an idea. If we are bothered by possessions we cannot really live either from without or from within; we are the possession of our possessions. All wars and most loves come from the possessive instinct. Why grab possessions like thieves, or divide them like socialists when you can ignore them like wise men: that you may belong to everything and everything be yours inclusive of yourself. Could we, and we can, have the vital necessities for all, we should do away with this cry of class and begin to differentiate between individuals. Individual superiority can alone feed the soul and give back through some materialisation of itself this individualised wealth of being. In "My Country 'tis of Thee", ADAM International Review, No. 299 (1962)

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„Youth is not a question of years: one is young or old from birth.“

— Natalie Clifford Barney
In "Samples from Almost Illegible Notebooks", ADAM International Review, No. 299 (1962)

„If we keep an open mind, too much is likely to fall into it.“

— Natalie Clifford Barney
In "Samples from Almost Illegible Notebooks", ADAM International Review, No. 299 (1962)

„The advantage of love at first sight is that it delays a second sight.“

— Natalie Clifford Barney
In "Samples from Almost Illegible Notebooks", ADAM International Review, No. 299 (1962)

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