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H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)

A concise biography of the modernist poet and avant-garde woman.
H.D. (Hilda Doolittle, 1886–1961), best known for her imagist poetry, was one of the first writers of free verse in English. For over forty years, H.D. wrote poetry about forgotten ancient goddesses and autobiographical prose about her own traumas and desires. Dubbed the “perfect bi –” by Sigmund Freud, she was also a scholar of religion, mythology, and history, a translator of ancient Greek, and an avant-garde filmmaker. This new biography explores the fascinating life and work of this important but often overlooked modernist figure.

208 pages | 32 halftones | 5 x 7 3/4

Critical Lives

Biography and Letters

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: ‘Inexorably entangled’, 1886–1911
Chapter 2: ‘My pencil run riot!’, 1911–14
Chapter 3: ’The black cloud fell’, 1914–18
Chapter 4: ‘To make a self’, 1919–26
Chapter 5: ‘The perfect bi-’, 1927–39
Chapter 6: ‘This is not writing . . . this is burning’, 1939–46
Chapter 7: ‘Content, besieged with memories, like low-swarming bees’, 1946–61

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