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Natalie Barney
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    (October 21, 1876-February 1, 1972)
    Born in Dayton, Ohio
    Host of a literary salon in Paris
    Wrote 'Some Portrait-Sonnets of Women' (1900), 'Five Short Greek Dialogues' (1901), 'Acts and Interludes' (1910), 'Poems and Poemes' (1920), 'Indiscreet Memories' (1960) and 'Traits and Portraits' (1963)
    Inspired characters in Liane de Pougy's 'Sapphic Idyll' and Radclyffe Hall's 'The Well of Loneliness'
    She was an opponent of monogamy.
    She was a supporter of fascist Italy.
    Although she was 1/8 Jewish, her unpublished memoir featured anti-Semitic sentiment and approval of Hitler's speeches.
    She was an open lesbian as early as 1900.
    She was an American who spent most of her life in Paris.
    She was an inspiration to writers like Remy de Gourmont and Truman Capote.
    She was a feminist and pacifist.
    She inspired the most famous lesbian novel of the 20th century.
    She helped a Jewish couple escape fascist Italy, financing their passage to America.
    She said, 'My queerness is not a vice, is not deliberate, and harms no one.'

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