End to Torment: A Memoir of Ezra Pound (Google eBook)

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New Directions Publishing, 1979 - Biography & Autobiography - 84 pages
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They had been engaged for a period, and what began as a brief romance developed into a lifetime's friendship and collaboration in poetry. Throughout the reminiscence runs H. D's conviction that her life and Pound's had been irrevocably entwined since those early days when they had walked together in the Pennsylvania woods and he wrote for her verse after William Morris, Rossetti, Swinburne, and Chaucer. Twenty-five of these poems, handbound in vellum by Pound and called "Hilda's Book," are published here for the first time as an epilogue to this important and moving document.

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User Review  - Kathy - Goodreads

Who doesn't remember their first love? Overshadowing this deeply personal journal authored by Hilda Doolittle is her early romantic encounter with Ezra Pound in the Pennsylvania woods. They were young ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mark Victor Young - Goodreads

Great book by a crazyish lady about her former crazy boyfriend. Very poetic in style, told from a mental institution, it was one book where the footnotes definitely came in handy. Read full review

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About the author (1979)

Born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Hilda Doolittle was educated at Bryn Mawr College. In 1911, after a visit abroad, she helped to organize the imagists with Ezra Pound. She married Richard Aldington, the English poet and novelist, whom she later divorced. Written in poetic prose, her poignant and subtle Tribute to Freud: With Unpublished Letters by Freud to the Author (1965) is a record of her memories of her analytical experiences in 1933--34, a memoir of Freud (see Vols. 3 and 5) in London in 1938--39, and a description of the impact of his unique personality. In Palimpsest (1926), she explores the difficulties that a woman finds herself in as she tries to cultivate both love and art in a world that is ugly, vulgar, and violent. Her novel Bid Me To Live: A Madrigal (1960), about a woman's loneliness and self-discovery during World War I, is a poetic stream-of-consciousness study. She lived in London from 1911 through the bombings of two world wars and spent her later years in Zurich, Switzerland, coming to New York only for brief visits. She received the Brandeis University Creative Arts Award (1959) and the award of merit medal for poetry (1960) from the American Academy of Arts and Letters---the first time the latter was awarded to a woman.

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.

Michael King is a writer and scholar. He was born in 1945. He is New Zealand's foremost scholar on the history of the Maori people and their culture. King's book, 1000 Years of Maori History: Nga Iwi O Te Motu, examines the origins of the Maori, how their culture responded to the arrival of Europeans, and how it has continued to exist in the face of great odds. Maori: A Photographic and Social History is a comprehensive history using contemporary scholarship and a wide range of photographs to explore aspects of Maori life. King has also written God's Farthest Outpost, a study that traces Catholicism in New Zealand and chronicles the effects of French, Irish and Maori mingling on its development. King received an honorary degree as a Doctor of Literature from Victoria University of Wellington in May 1997.

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