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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 focuses on Iris Barry's life following the birth of her children with Wyndham Lewis. Iris bore two children, a boy, Robin Lewis Barry, born June 3, 1919, and a girl, Maisie Wyndham Lewis, born September 1, 1920. The correspondence that survives their relationship suggests that Lewis was preoccupied with his career while Barry plaintively vied for his attention. After struggling with Lewis for over a year following Maisie's birth, Irish decided to strike out on her own. In the dark period after their separation, Iris tried earnestly to find portrait work for Lewis so he might in turn keep his financial commitments to her. She had pleaded with Lewis for support since 1921, with diminishing results. By the end of 1923 she had come to the conclusion that Lewis “evidently [did] not care,” acknowledging that she had “made a mistake” and there was “absolutely no relying on” him.

Keywords:   Percy Wyndham Lewis, children, Robin Lewis Barry, Maisie Wyndham Lewis

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