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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

(p.49) 5 Life with Lewis
Lady in the Dark

Robert Sitton

Columbia University Press

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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