Gunnar Jauch wrote:
> Does anyone know more on the realtionship betwwen TSE and DB?
Taken from http://www.nybooks.com/articles/15404
Djuna Barnes merits more space than the three brief references to her
suggest. Seymour-Jones misses an opportunity to use this patroness
saint of lesbianism to support the idea that Eliot's attraction to
masculine women was another aspect of his sexuality. Barnes became a
cherished friend of the poet, whose letters address her as "Darling"
and "Dearest." When she told him that she had "wasted her life," he
answered gently that she "may have wasted some of it, but she should
look very carefully at what she had done when [she] was not wasting
it," meaning her novel Nightwood, which he published and made famous
in a preface to the American edition. (Another publisher had rejected
it because of the "welter of homosexuality.") One supposes that her
conversation amused him, viz.: "Everyone hates old ladies because they
aren't good for anything. They aren't pretty and they can't screw."
Eliot did not like her play Antiphon, no doubt for the reason that, as
Seymour-Jones recognizes, it is "the revenge drama Djuna Barnes wrote
after seeing Eliot's Family Reunion." He published it,
nevertheless. Barnes herself always thought his criticism superior to