Her paternal grandmother Zadel Barnes was a writer, journalist, and Women's Suffrage activist who had once hosted an influential literary salon.
Her father, Wald Barnes, was an unsuccessful composer, musician, and painter.
An advocate of polygamy, he married Barnes's mother Elizabeth in 1889; his mistress Fanny Clark moved in with them in 1897, when Barnes was five.
Zadel, who believed her son was a misunderstood artistic genius, struggled to provide for the entire family, supplementing her diminishing income by writing begging letters to friends and acquaintances.
As the second oldest child, Barnes spent much of her childhood helping care for siblings and half-siblings.
She received her early education at home, mostly from her father and grandmother, who taught her writing, art, and music but neglected subjects such as math and spelling.
New York Births & Baptisms CD - This collection of birth and baptism records was compiled from the New York church registers of 1660-1916 by Arthur C.
Containing over 75,000 records from Dutchess, Greene, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster, and Westchester counties.
These and earlier vital records collections can fill pedigree holes. WY Missouri Birth & Death Records Database pre-1910 - searchable abstract of the birth, stillbirth, and death records recorded before 1909 and that are available on microfilm at the Missouri State Archives Second in Line: Vital Records in New Jersey - New Jersey vital records were mandated statewide in 1848, just the second state to do so.Djuna Barnes (June 12, 1892 – June 18, 1982) was an American writer and artist best known for her novel Nightwood (1936), a cult classic of lesbian fiction and an important work of modernist literature.Later, Barnes’ talent and connections with prominent Greenwich Village bohemians afforded her the opportunity to publish her prose, poems, illustrations, and one-act plays in both avant-garde literary journals and popular magazines, and publish an illustrated volume of poetry, The Book of Repulsive Women (1915).In this period she published A Book (1923), a collection of poetry, plays, and short stories, which was later reissued, with the addition of three stories, as A Night Among the Horses (1929), Ladies Almanack (1928), and Ryder (1928).Barnes was born in a log cabin on Storm King Mountain, near Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York.