New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1976. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's salmon cloth, spine and upper board gilt, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
"Miss Barney's circle was not limited to lesbians...though certainly all the more presentable dykes in town were on hand.... Many of them were friends of Proust who had been characters in Remembrance of Things Past... Miss Barney would say to me very specifically that she wanted me to meet somebody because that person was so-and-so in Proust. She was trying to give me some sense of her particular time—which was typical of her generosity" (Truman Capote). Biography of millionairess and Lost Generation lesbian luminary Natalie Barney. Biographer Wickes's original and compelling portrait of "the Amazon," a nickname given to the expat by poet Remy de Gourmont after she made headlines for riding a horse astride rather than sidesaddle, charts the notorious libertine's early life as an intelligent and rebellious child at French boarding school in Ohio to her much more salacious adult years spent as a defiant and willful American expat in Paris writing (and sleeping around) within the center of high society. Supplemented with samplings of articles, interviews, and excerpts from memoirs about Barney including pieces by Romaine Brooks (one of her great loves), Virgil Thomson, Janet Flanner, Truman Capote, and more. Illustrated with fifty black-and-white photos. Newspaper clipping of an obituary from 1972 for Barnes laid in. Minor foxing to endpapers; unclipped dust jacket with some chipping to spine-ends and flap folds, and light soiling. Very good. Item #2668