Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Djuna Barnes


This novel tells the stories of the love-lives of a group of Americans and Europeans in Paris in the 1920s – an exotic, night-time underworld, eccentric, seedy and beautiful. One of the earliest novels to explicitly portray homosexuality, the influence of Djuna Barnes’s novel has been, and continues to be, exceptional. Nightwood is not only a cult classic of modernist literature and of lesbian literature, but was also acknowledged by T S Eliot as one of the great novels of the twentieth century.

Paperback, 192pp
Faber Books, 2015 (1936)
ISBN 9780571322862