Ashe of Rings, and Other Writings

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McPherson, 1998 - Fiction - 365 pages
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The author called Ashe of rings, her first published novel, a "War-Fairy-Tale," as it deals with the Badbury Rings, "a set of prehistoric concentric earthworks in south Dorset," those who are sympathetic to this landscape and those who are antagonistic to it. In Imaginary letters, the author writes to the mother of her lover, Boris, a Russian emigré. Traps for unbelievers and Warning to hikers are companion pieces, "addressing the need for preserving the land and retaining or restoring some sort of spiritual consciousness." Ghosties and ghoulies is the author's study of ghost fiction. -- Preface, p. x-xiii.

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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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