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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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Lady in the Dark

Robert Sitton

Columbia University Press

This chapter describes Iris Barry's first few years in Depression-era New York. These were desperate, hand-to-mouth years. Burdened by debts left behind, the obligation to send money to her mother and son, fitful income from freelance work, and a husband she viewed as lethargic and unconcerned about money, Iris scrambled as best she could and wondered if she had done the right thing by leaving England. Alan Porter began lecturing on sociology and psychology at the New School for Social research, substituted as a lecturer in psychology for Dr. Alfred Adler at Columbia University, edited Adler's What Life Should Mean to You and two books by Dr. Olga Knopf, The Art of Being a Woman and Women on Their Own. His psychological counseling work provided the closest to a steady income the couple knew.

Keywords:   New York City, England, Alan Porter

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