Ashe of rings, and other writings

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McPherson, 1998 - Fiction - 365 pages
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Includes a preface by Butts' biographer Nathalie Blondel. In the newly reissued classic first novel of modernist English writer Mary Butts, a drama reverberating with visionary energy, "Ashe Of Rings" enacts a struggle of rightful succession to the guardianship of site of sacred mystery. While World War I rages in the background, a young Englishwoman summons her band of friends to confront treachery and to fight her disinheritance from her mother.

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I couldn't finish it. AMAZING imagination, but the prose is not so hot. Read full review

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About the author (1998)

She drank with Hemingway at Les Deux Magots; Virgil Thompson courted her; among her best friends she counted H.D. and Bryher and corresponded at length with Charles Williams, but Virginia Woolf hated her perfume. She lived more outrageously than Jean Rhys and was considered a better writer than Katherine Mansfield. She was published in Ford Madox Ford's Transatlantic Review and Ezra Pound's Little Review; Robert McAlmon's Contact Editions issued her first novel. ... And yet, though hailed in her time for adventurous originality, because of her untimely death her greatest works have remained lost for fifty years. Fortunately, the flame of Mary Butts (1890-1937) has been kept alive over time by Kenneth Rexroth, Virgil Thomson, Robert Duncan, John Ashbery, Kenneth Irby, Gerrit Lansing, Robert Kelly and many others.

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