Between History and Poetry: The Letters of H.D. And Norman by Donna Krolik Hollenberg

By Donna Krolik Hollenberg

In 1937 William Rose Benet despatched a tender Yale graduate pupil, Norman Holmes Pearson, to interview the delicate expatriate poet Hilda Doolittle in the course of one of many few journeys she made to the US after going in another country in 1911. till her loss of life in 1961, they engaged in a protracted and wide-ranging dating very important to H.D.'s improvement as a author. probably simply because she used to be absent from the yankee scene, H.D. used to be longing for extra touch with American writing, and Pearson grew to become her literary adviser, agent, executor, confidant, shut pal, and self-styled chevalier. This annotated collection of their a couple of thousand letters files the dynamic among H.D. and Pearson, who turned an influential literary critic, and anchors it within the broader literary international. In her letters H.D. confided information about her works in development, commented on her analyzing, and gossiped approximately participants of her common literary circle. Pearson's responses sparked the belief of particular works and contributed to theform of others; he encouraged the cycle of romances that mirrored H.D.'s warfare event and its parallels in background and, most importantly, was once the catalyst for her go back to poetry. His long-standing dedication to her paintings as mirrored in those discovered, witty, occasionally poignant letters ensured that H.D. might take her position as one of many significant poets of this century.

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If it had been night, I could have sworn in a law court that I had at last encountered one of the true-blue Cornish Ghoulies, at long last. As it was, I SAW with my eyes what could scarcely be believed ... the THING was yowling and howling, and it flew across the high hedge and down the stone wall and the yowl and the howl got worse as it landed at me feet. There was a clanking of chains ... all this in day-light.... Good Lord deliver us. Or rather Good Lord deliver IT ••• for it was a long-legged beastie, a CAT that had caught its hind -leg in some sort of elaborate trap with maws and jaws and trailing odds and ends and the long cl,lain clattering ...

I mean, here "long ago," two years ago, we do not know if we live to tell the tale, but we still cling to our standards - to this, I mean, our PROFESSION. " It was the word "pathetic," the sort of patting-on-the-head, the suave patronizing manner - that got me. Pathetic? 0, yes, and now here, the serpent rears its head and it's a nice fanged little head with plenty of venom concealed . . " Writers? Pathetic? "Yes - of course," it hisses but do you know that the "writer" is the original rune-maker, the majic-maker [sic], his words are sacred - that is what it is.

58. " Both poems are from his Dramatic Romances and Lyrics (1845). 59. Cf. " in Pippa Passes, part 2. 60. 's family vacationed there in the summer. 61. D. divided her tin1e between London and Montreux, in the Swiss canton ofVaud. 62. Actually, 1911. Her "Autobiographical Notes" indicate that she spent the next winter (1912-13) in Italy - Christmas with her parents in Rome and early spring with Richard Aldington in Capri. 63. From "The Islands," 1290. 64. D. engages in a linkage of names and places, indicative of her desire, in poetry, to restore a shattered integrity.

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