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Lady in the DarkIris Barry and the Art of Film$
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Robert Sitton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165785

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165785.001.0001

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Life with Lewis

Life with Lewis

Chapter:
(p.49) 5 Life with Lewis
Source:
Lady in the Dark
Author(s):

Robert Sitton

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231165785.003.0005

This chapter details the beginning of Iris Barry's liaison with the painter and novelist Percy Wyndham Lewis. Iris became involved with Lewis at the end of World War I and during Pound's declining influence. Although they cohabited erratically between 1919 and 1922, during which time Iris often posed as a model for Lewis to draw or paint, Lewis, motivated by jealousy or perhaps a desire to be left alone with other sitters in his studio, as often as eight times a week would send Iris off to the movies, which she studied intently. No record seems to exist of the progress of their affair. A search of the autobiographical fiction Lewis produced so prolifically at the time, however, reveals a number of passages suggestive of a Lewis–Barry liaison. A plausible depiction of amorous relations with Iris might be found in a section of a story Lewis wrote in 1918 and titled “The War Baby”.

Keywords:   painter, novelist, Percy Wyndham Lewis, poetry, affair

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