Nightwood (1936)


This seminal modernist prose work is notable as one of the early prominent novels to portray explicit homosexuality between women. It mixes prose and poetry and could be considered metafiction. T.S. Eliot edited the book and the 1937 edition has an introduction by him. Because of concerns about censorship, Eliot edited Nightwood to soften some language relating to sexuality and religion. An edition restoring these changes, edited by Cheryl J. Plumb, was published by Dalkey Archive Press in 1995. "The plot focuses on a transvestite gynecologist called Matthew O’Connor, and Nora Flood, who is in love with the androgynous woman Robin Vote. Barnes began work on it after the breakdown of a relationship with the American artist Thelma Ellen Wood (1901–1970). According to the critic Clare L Taylor, it has ‘one of the most shattering endings in modern literature’." --British Library

In Collection:
Creator Contributor Subject Publisher Language Identifier
  • Call Number: PS3503 A614N5 1936
Date created Resource type Rights statement Extent
  • 239 pages ; 21 cm
Geographic coverage Coordinates
  • 48.85341, 2.3488
  • 52.52437, 13.41053
Physical repository Collection
  • Modernism and Post-War Literature Collection
Provider Genre Date digitized
  • January 30, 2014
Technical note
  • Metadata by KD.
  • This material is made available on this site for research and private study only.

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