|Creator:||Barney, Natalie Clifford|
|Date(s):||1958 December 12|
|Call Number:||MSS 0099, F0519|
|Language:||Materials entirely in English.|
|Abstract:||Autograph letter from Natalie Clifford Barney to Gilbert Seldes, dated December 12, 1958.|
|Physical Description:||1 item (2 pages)|
|Immediate Source of Acquisition:||Purchase, 1995.|
|Processing Information:||Processed and encoded by George Apodaca, February 2016. Finding aid prepared using Describing Archives: A Content Standard|
Autograph letter from Natalie Clifford Barney to Gilbert Seldes, dated December 12, 1958. An interesting letter to the critic, Gilbert Sedes, recounting her reminiscences of Muriel Draper, the memoirist: "Your name is associated with many memories...But among them I can recall only having really met Muriel Draper once, when she invited me to her flat and offered me her presidential chair, which I refused....Romaine Brooks Goddard, who painted her portrait (of which I send you amongst others this picture) enjoyed Muriel's settings...and as paintings are often a desirable confessional, Muriel evoked her home-life where 'good manners...were placed over very little to eat,' and it seems to me that this tell-tale portrait conveys the rest!" In a postscript, Barney adds that someone (name illegible) "is editing this next spring a book of mine Souvenirs indiscrets, but in which M.D. does not figure."
The "presidential chair likely is in reference to the Congress of American Women which Draper co-founded, and of which she was president. Barney's relationship with Romaine Brooks Goddard (they met during World War I) lasted nearly fifty years. Barney's Souvenirs indiscrets, a description of her literary acquaintances, was published in 1960.
Box 33, F0519: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.
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MSS 0099, F0519, Barney, Natalie Clifford, letter to Gilbert Seldes, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.
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|Natalie Clifford Barney letter to Gilbert Seldes, 1958 December 12||1 item(1 page)||Box 33, F0519|