H. D.: Further Reading

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Boughn, Michael. H. D.: A Bibliography, 1905-1990. Charlottesville: Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, 1993, 229 p.

Essential primary and secondary bibliography.


Guest, Barbara. Herself Defined: The Poet H. D. and Her World. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1984, 360 p.

Seeks to define the enigmatic life and work of H. D., providing a view into her lifelong search for self.


Buck, Claire. H. D. and Freud: Bisexuality and a Feminine Discourse. New York: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1991, 195 p.

Thematic study of the links between sexuality and language in H. D.'s works.

Burnett, Gary. H. D. Between Image and Epic: The Mysteries of Her Poetics. Ann Arbor, Mich.: UMI Research Press, 1990, 198 p.

Examines the poetry H. D. wrote between the World Wars.

Contemporary Literature 10, no. 4 (autumn 1969). Special issue devoted to H. D.'s works.

DiPace Fritz, Angela. Thought and Vision: A Critical Reading of H. D.'s Poetry. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1988, 231 p.

Full-length critical study of H. D.'s poetry.

DuPlessis, Rachel Blau. "Romantic Thralldom in H. D." Contemporary Literature 20, no. 2 (spring 1979): 178-203.

Explores the issue of submissiveness in romantic relationships as portrayed in H. D.'s prose and poetry.

——. H. D.: The Career of That Struggle. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1986, 168 p.

Overview of H. D.'s literary career written from a feminist perspective.

Edmunds, Susan. "'I Read the Writing When He Seized My Throat': Hysteria and Revolution in H. D.'s Helen in Egypt." Contemporary Literature 32, no. 4 (winter 1991): 471-95.

Examines H. D.'s thematic treatment of repressed memories in Helen in Egypt, concluding that the work's "interest for feminists lies in H. D.'s ability to render the acute tension between her strongly articulated desire to reform the patriarchal family and her resilient nostalgia for it, with complexity and force."

Freibert, L. M. "From Semblance to Selfhood: The Evolution of Woman in H. D. Neo-Epic Helen in Egypt." Arizona Quarterly 36, no. 2 (summer 1980): 165-75.

Argues that Helen in Egypt is "the epic of woman evolving from the traditional passive image into the contemporary active person."

——. "Creating a Women's Mythology: H. D.'s Helen in Egypt." Women's Studies 5, no. 1 (1977): 163-97.

Discusses Helen in Egypt as an "epic aimed at revising both mythology and the concept of woman's selfhood."

Friedman, Susan Stanford. Psyche Reborn: The Emergence of H. D. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1981, 332 p.

Explores H. D.'s involvement in psychoanalysis and esoteric religions.

——. "'Remembering Shakespeare Always, but Remembering Him Differently': H. D.'s By Avon River." Sagetrieb 2, no. 2 (summer-fall 1983): 45-70.

Maintains that By Avon River "deserves to be better known not only for its poetic achievement and what it reveals about H. D.'s development, but also for its fascinating revelation of the process by which a woman poet transforms the man many consider the greatest English writer of all times from a male threat into a male ally."

——. Penelope's Web: Gender, Modernity, H. D.'s Fiction. Cambridge, Mass.: Cambridge University Press, 1990, 451 p.

Analyzes H. D.'s published and unpublished prose works.

——. and Rachel Blau DuPlessis, eds. Signets: Reading H. D. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1990, 489 p.

Collection of critical essays.

Hollenberg, Donna Krolik. H. D.: The Poetics of Childbirth and Creativity. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1991, 285 p.

Investigates the relationship between H. D.'s maternal experiences and the development of her poetic vision.

King, Michael, ed. H. D.: Woman and Poet. Orono, Maine: National Poetry Foundation, 1986, 522 p.

Collection of critical essays from several prominent critics.

Kloepfer, Deborah Kelly. The Unspeakable Mother: Forbidden Discourse in Jean Rhys and H. D. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1989, 191 p.

Argues against Freudian theories concerning mother-child relations through an examination of the mother-daughter dyad in the works of Jean Rhys and H. D.

Newlin, Margaret. "'Unhelpful Hymen!: Marianne Moore and Hilda Doolittle." Essays in Criticism 27, no. 3 (July 1977): 216-30.

Compares the views of Moore and H. D. on "the special problem of marriage for artistic and intellectual women."

Ostriker, Alicia. "The Poet as Heroine: Learning to Read H. D." In Writing Like a Woman, pp. 7-41. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1983.

Describes H. D. as a visionary poet and outlines three main phases in her career.

Quinn, Vincent. Hilda Doolittle (H. D.). New York: Twayne, 1967, 160 p.

Critical overview including a chronology of H. D.'s life and selected primary and secondary bibliographies.

Robinson, Janice S. H. D.: The Life and Work of an American Poet. Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin, 1982, 490 p.

Biographical and critical study.


Additional coverage of H. D.'s life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: American Writers Supplement, Vol. 1; Contemporary Authors, Vols. 97-100; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vol. 35; Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vols. 3, 8, 14, 31, 34, 73; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 4, 45; DISCovering Authors; DISCovering Authors: Canadian Edition; DISCovering Authors Modules: Most-studied Authors and Poets; Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century, Ed. 3; Feminist Writers; Gay & Lesbian Literature, Ed. 1; Literary Movements for Students, Vol. 2; Literature Resource Center; Major 20th-Century Writers, Eds. 1, 2; Modern American Women Writers; Poetry Criticism, Vol. 5; Poetry for Students, Vol. 6; Reference Guide to American Literature, Ed. 4; and World Literature Criticism.