H.D. (Hilda Doolittle): Biography
- wrote poetry early in her career that shaped the direction of Imagism and modernism with Ezra Pound and Richard Aldington
- translated Greek poetry, including poetry by Sappho and Euripides
- wrote stunning long poems that recorded the modern response to world wars, reimagined changes in gender roles and status, and reshaped the function and purpose of poetry
- pioneered work in semiautobiographical fiction, life writing, and experimental fiction
- served in editorial roles and contributed to The Egoist, Close Up, Life and Letters To-Day, and other modernist little magazines
- advanced the field of film studies and film production through her work with Bryher and Kenneth Macpherson in POOL Films, especially the film Borderline
- championed, reviewed, and supported the work of a range of other modernists, including Marianne Moore, Sylvia Beach, Dorothy Richardson, Robert Herring, May Sinclair, and myriad others
- worked with psychoanalysts Sigmund Freud, Hanns Sachs, Havelock Ellis, Melitta Schmideberg, Erich Heydt, and others
- inspired later poets like Denise Levertov, Robert Duncan, Robert Creeley, and Susan Howe
- This biography was written by Annette Debo for New Directions Press.
- This biography by H. Hernandez is largely drawn from Herself Defined: The Poet H.D. and Her World, by Barbara Guest.(Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1984.)
- The obituary for Perdita Macpherson Schaffner, H.D.’s daughter, also offers useful biographical contexts.
- An excellent and highly recommended biography is Susan Friedman’s article in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, vol. 45, 2nd series (volume is entitled, Modern American Poets). Or see M. Catherine Downs’s biography in American Women Writers, 1900-1945: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook (Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2000)
- Also see biographies from the American Academy of Poets, The Poetry Foundation, and Modern American Poetry
Louis Silverstein’s H.D. Chronology
Ed. by Heather Hernandez
The Silverstein Chronology is one of the most comprehensive resources for tracing the dates and places of H.D.’s life and career. As Heather Hernandez describes on imagists.org, “Culling from the archives, Silverstein and later scholars have traced the timeline of important events, communications, publications, and travels throughout H.D.’s life, including details from her family history.”For a guide to nicknames and acronyms used in the chronology and elsewhere, see Silverstein’s “Nicknames and Acronyms Used by H.D. and Her Circle.“This resource is made available online by Heather Hernandez at imagists.org, with the permission of Monty Montee. As Louis Silverstein wrote in Planting the Seeds: Selections from the H.D. Chronology, “The H.D. Chronology is a “work in progress” being compiled by Louis H. Silverstein with the assistance, contribution, and encouragement of numerous H.D. scholars. Additional comments, corrections, and contributions will be greatly appreciated.” More information on the background of this incredible resource is available at http://www.imagists.org/hd/hdchron.html.
- Part One (1605-1914)
- Part Two (1915-March 1919)
- Part Three (April 1919-1928)
- Part Four (1929-April 1946)
- Part Five (April 1946-April 1949)
- Part Six (May 1949-1986, Misc. Info.)
The H.D. Biography Wiki
Ed. by Celena E. Kusch and Rebecca Walsh
The H.D. Biography Wiki offers a collaborative space for publishing brief notes and identifying important links to other publications that illuminate the life and career of H.D.