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Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry and the Art of Film

Robert Sitton

Abstract

Iris Barry (1895–1969) was a pivotal modern figure and one of the first intellectuals to treat film as an art form, appreciating its far-reaching, transformative power. Although she had the bearing of an aristocrat, she was the self-educated daughter of a brass founder and a palm-reader from the Isle of Man. An aspiring poet, Barry attracted the attention of Ezra Pound and joined a demimonde of Bloomsbury figures, including Ford Maddox Ford, T. S. Eliot, Arthur Waley, Edith Sitwell, and William Butler Yeats. She fell in love with Pound's eccentric fellow Vorticist, Wyndham Lewis, and had two c ... More

Keywords: Iris Barry, Ezra Pound, Bloomsbury, Wyndham Lewis, Askew Salon, Alfred Barr, Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, France

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231165785
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231165785.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Sitton, author