Ryder

Ryder

by Djuna Barnes
     
 

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When it was first published in 1928, Djuna Barnes's Ryder, a bawdy mock-Elizabethan chronicle of a family very much like her own, was described in the Saturday Review as "the most amazing book ever written by a woman." One of modern literature's first and best denunciations of patriarchal repression, Ryder employs an exuberant prose by which narrator Julie Ryder

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When it was first published in 1928, Djuna Barnes's Ryder, a bawdy mock-Elizabethan chronicle of a family very much like her own, was described in the Saturday Review as "the most amazing book ever written by a woman." One of modern literature's first and best denunciations of patriarchal repression, Ryder employs an exuberant prose by which narrator Julie Ryder derides her hated father, polygamous Wendell Ryder. Barnes satirizes masculinity and domesticity by way of parable, poem, and play, and a prose style that echoes Chaucer, Shakespeare, the Bible, and Robert Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy. For this edition, several of Barnes's previously suppressed illustrations have been restored, and novelist Paul West has contributed a perceptive afterword.

"Djuna Barnes has written a book that is all that she was, and must still be—vulgar, beautiful, defiant, witty, poetic, and a little mad—a bewildering hodge-podge of the obscene and the virginal, of satire and wistfulness, of the grossest humor and the most delicate sadness—a book that absolutely baffles classification, but that surely is a most amazing thing to have come from a woman's hand." (The Argonaut)

"A work of grim, mature beauty . . . she has caught life prismatically in a humor that, I dare say, no women, and few men, have succeeded in giving us." (Eugene Jolas, transition)

"Barnes dresses the page, as only she can do, in a remarkably flexible array of words, now Elizabethan, now Biblical in tone, shifting in genre from narrative to poetry to drama to parable. Her ability to control the exuberant interaction of these elements produces a text in which women's voices and that ever-so-tricky business of 'female experience' come to the fore fully on their own terms." (WLW Journal Winter 91)

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Eugene Jolas - transition
“A work of grim, mature beauty . . . she has caught life prismatically.”
transition
“A work of grim, mature beauty . . . she has caught life prismatically.”— Eugene Jolas
transition - Eugene Jolas
“A work of grim, mature beauty . . . she has caught life prismatically.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312696405
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
09/28/1979
Pages:
323

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Eugene Jolas
"A work of grim, mature beauty...she has cought life prismatically in a humor that, I dare say, no women, and few men have succeeded in giving us."

Meet the Author

Djuna Barnes (1892-1982) was born in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY, and worked as a journalist in New York before leaving the country to spend many years in Paris and London. She returned to New York in 1941, and lived in Greenwich Village until her death.

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A naturally gifted spiritual medium and healer, Paul has been listening to, writing and speaking the Voice For God (Holy Spirit) and Jesus for many years. He is a seasoned channeler and author and continues to apply the forgiveness principles of A Course in Miracles to his own life. You are encouraged to have an open mind and heart as you listen to the words which have come through him, as an offering of clarity and peace. Surrender to your divine guidance and allow yourself to be lifted up into illumination. We are all awakening together. After receiving the book, please consider returning to write a short review/rating - your feedback is very powerful in helping more people to develop trust, and is very much appreciated. Thank you. Visit us online at www.voiceforgod.net

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