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 subtle expatriate poet Hilda Doolittle in the course of one of many few journeys she made to the United States after going overseas in 1911. till her dying in 1961, they engaged in a chronic and wide-ranging dating very important to H.D.'s improvement as a author. might be simply because she used to be absent from the yank scene, H.D. was once 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 number 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 examining, 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 prompted 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. may take her position as one of many significant poets of this century.

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69 At least no civilian. 42 "New Puritans" in a Civilian War, 1941-1946 21. W.! September 11 [1944] Norman dear, Man does not live by bread alone - nor bywoRK either. You are working too hard. I am writing to scold you and to thank you, too in the same breath. Thank you for your last letter - and for having read the Angel series. I want myself to "do" something about it - either write a slight introduction or as you say leave it, and do a third to the trilogy. I suppose in all decency the Angels should be "dedicated" to Sir OsbertPO Not Angels but Angels [sic]!

Ah me, yours are the fresh salad days! Love, Norman "New Puritans" in a Civilian War, 1941-1946 16. MS Trenoweth St. Keverne Cornwall July 27 [1944] Dear Norman: Thank you for all! I am asking Br[yher] to add a line to this as I feel so doped & light-headed with fresh air; wind-in-trees, red-admiral butterflies, honey (literally) in the honey-comb, oats-and-wheat in a field that sent me crazy in the wind yesterday, making patterns & circles, never to be recorded, like wind racing across golden snow-drifts; hard paths, defined originally on dit by the mules from the Phoenician ships, taking tin from the hills ...

And Bryher, who felt trapped because they were thrown together in close quarters for the first time, with no escape except separate vacations to the countryside. 18 In a sense Pearson took over this role from Kenneth Macpherson, who had emigrated to America, breaking up the earlier family unit. D. and Bryher, giving them focus and someone to write for who was both interested and responsive. , whose work in the thirties was largely unpublished, began a process of revision and renewal that was significantly enhanced by Pearson's interest in collecting her early drafts for a future "shelf" at Yale, which was itself an implicit testament to her poetry's lasting importance.

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