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Ladies Almanack

Djuna Barnes

Edited by Daniela Caselli

Cover Picture of Ladies Almanack
Categories: 20th Century, American, British, Humour, LGBTQ+, Women
Imprint: Lives and Letters
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Available as:
Hardback (128 pages)
(Pub. May 2006)
9781857548273
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  • '... this Almanack, which all ladies should carry about with them, as the Priest his Breviary, as the Cook his Recipes, as the Doctor his Physic, as the Bride her Fears, and as the Lion his Roar!'

    Djuna Barnes wrote her Ladies Almanack for fun, a 'slight satiric wigging', as she called it in her Foreword, to amuse her circle of expatriate friends with the tale of Evangeline Musset who took her whip in hand and 'set out upon the Road of Destiny'. It has since become a cult classic, a unique work that combines visual artistry with literary parody, bawdy humour and an unconstrained zest for the sensual pleasures of love and friendship between strong-minded women.

    This edition is a hardback facsimile of the original paperback book which was privately printed in Paris in 1928 in a limited edition of 1,050 copies, the first 50 of which were hand-coloured by Djuna Barnes. Daniela Caselli's Afterword illuminates the background and literary qualities of the Almanack.
    Djuna Barnes
    Djuna Chappell Barnes was born in Cornwall-on-Hudson in 1892, and she grew up in an eccentric, polygamous household. She was educated at home by her suffragist grandmother. She moved to New York in 1911, where she briefly studied at the Pratt Institute of Art, and where she made her living as ... read more
    Daniela Caselli
    Dr Daniela Caselli is Associate Professor of English at the University of Manchester and President of the Samuel Beckett Society (2016–2019). She has worked on Samuel Beckett and Dante Alighieri (Beckett’s Dantes: Intertextuality in the Fiction and Criticism [2005]) and on ‘difficult’ modernists, such as Dorothy Richardson (Comparative Literature [2017]) and ... read more
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