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Publisher Comments:

In recapturing her memories of being a very little girl in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and later on a country place outside Philadelphia, H.D. "let the story tell itself or the child tell it." It is this voice or child's-eye view that lends

Review:

"The poet wrote this rich memoir of her Pennsylvania childhood while living through the Blitz in London. In the freeassociative flow of the book, the terrors of the Battle of Britain merge with the poet's earliest terrors; and the poet finds the courage to endure the hundred days of bombing by retrieving the strengths along with the fears of her primitive imagination. She writes of her large, colorful family, including
grandparents, aunts, uncles, and children from her father's previous marriage. Though the book is seen from a child's point of view, the woman writing has the mystical consciousness to shape the connections between dream and art, between art and nightmare, between the past and the present both in the personal and the historical sense. The monster serpent of her childish fears foreshadows the threat of the war to come and recalls the python whom Apollo slew. The Gift is a pleasure to read and an invaluable prose resource for anyone trying to understand the methods and contents of H. D. 's poetry." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

Synopsis:

The connections and interconnections of past and present--the realization that life is a whole continuously echoing back to the past and unfolding toward the future--were sources of the strength, renewal, and joy celebrated in H.D.'s

About the Author

H.D. (1886-1961) (the pen name of Hilda Doolittle) was born in the Moravian community of Bethlehem, PA in 1886. A major twentieth century poet with "an ear more subtle than Pound's, Moore's, or Yeats's" as Marie Ponsot writes, she was the author of several volumes of poetry, fiction, essays, and memoirs. She is perhaps one of the best-known and prolific women poets of the Modernist era. Bryher Ellerman was a novelist and H.D.'s wealthy companion. She financed H.D.'s therapy with Freud.

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ISBN:
9780811208543
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Schaffner, Perdita
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Schaffner, Perdita
Designed:
Schaffner, Perdita
Author:
Doolittle, Hilda
Author:
Schaffner, Perdita
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
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Biography
Subject:
Peace
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Creative Ability
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Poets, American
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Women poets, American
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Bethlehem
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Moravians
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Autobiographical fiction
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Bethlehem (Pa.) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Series Volume:
no. 1411
Publication Date:
19821131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7.96x5.25x.47 in. .40 lbs.

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