"Miss Natalie Barney who was a rich American woman"

American expatriate, poet and writer Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972) lived on Paris's Left Bank for over 60 years. Her exceptionally wealthy background afforded her many great opportunities and, in a similar way to Gertrude Stein, many of the era's great literary and artistic minds met in her salon. Barney was openly homosexual, with her writings reflecting a strong belief in both feminism and pacifism. In 1927 she founded a 'Women's Academy' in order to aid female writers, as the prominent French Academy was only accessible to men.