Hilda Doolittle

(1886—1961) poet and novelist

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American poet, who wrote as ‘H.D.’, followed her friend Pound to Europe, where both became leading members of the Imagist movement (see Imagism). She married Aldington in 1913, but the marriage was not a success. Her several volumes of poetry, from her first, Sea Garden (1916), to her last, the quasi‐epic Helen in Egypt (1961), show a deep involvement with classical mythology, a sharp, spare use of natural imagery, and interesting experiments with vers libre. She also published several novels, including Bid Me to Live (1960), a roman‐à‐clef about her Bloomsbury years, and Tribute to Freud (1965), an account of her analysis by Freud in 1933.

Subjects: Literature.

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