"Highly readable. . . . deals infrequent insights into homosexual lifestyles within the first sector of the 20 th century."-Diana Collecott, college of Durham, writer of H.D. and Sapphic Modernism Bryher (born Annie Winifred Ellerman) is likely to be most sensible recognized this day because the lifelong companion of the poet H.D. She was once, although, a principal determine in modernist and avant-garde cultural experimentation within the early 20th century; a prolific manufacturer of poetry, novels, autobiography, and feedback; and an intimate and buyer of such modernist artists as Gertrude Stein, Marianne Moore, and Dorothy Richardson. Bryher's personal path-breaking writing has remained principally overlooked, lengthy out of print, and inaccessible to these attracted to her oeuvre. Now, for the 1st time because their unique book within the early Twenties, of Bryher's pioneering works of fictionalized autobiography, titled improvement and Selves, are reprinted in a single quantity for a brand new viewers of readers, students, and critics. mixing poetry, prose, and autobiographical info, improvement and Selves jointly represent a compelling bildungsroman that's one of the first ever to stick with a tender woman's means of popping out. during the fictionalized personality Nancy, the novels hint Bryher's existence via her early life and younger maturity, giving the reader an account of the advance of a special lesbian, feminist, and modernist cognizance. improvement and Selves recuperate major paintings through one of many first experimenters of the modernist circulate and are a welcome reintroduction of the enigmatic Bryher. "Bryher's novels have a robust position within the background of lesbian and transgendered writing. This quantity is bound to be a great tool for modernist reports, women's stories, and queer, homosexual, and lesbian studies."-Susan Stanford Friedman, college of Wisconsin-Madison, writer of Mappings: Feminism and the Cultural Geographies of come across
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Which will she be at pains to develop? An unusual young person, whether she be heroine or merely author, and one whose farther steps every reader of this book will wish to follow. No better PREFACE study of the growth of an artist’s mind has been written, I think; it is all here, all the helps and all the hindrances. Whether as novel or fact, the book is a true record of a talent gradually breaking into flower, of a life slowly growing into cognizance of itself and of that which it was created absolutely to do.
40. See Diana Collecott, “Bryher’s Two Selves as Lesbian Romance,” in Romance Revisited, ed. Lynne Pearce and Jackie Stacey (London: Lawrence and Wishart, ), –. 41. : Ayer Company Publishers, ), . 42. Bryher, Heart to Artemis, . 43. D. experienced her famous “visions” in Corfu. D. home overland. D. later recorded this experience in Tribute to Freud (). 44. , dated March . Quoted in Magee and Miller, Lesbian Lives, . 45. Radclyﬀe Hall, The Well of Loneliness (London: Virago, ), .
CHAPTER IV S W . . . CHAPTER V T C W . CHAPTER VI V I . . D. CHAPTER I THE AGE OF DISCOVERY I ADVENTURE and the salt edges of the sea beat against the window clamorous through the rain. Nancy was sitting in a box at the edge of the nursery table, listening to the Swiss Family Robinson being read to her aloud. The box was really a boat, and by the exercise of some imagination, the uncompromising squareness of its edges rounded into a tub, and helped by the noisy swirl of raindrops against the glass, there was no diﬃculty in believing that the distant chair (which was land) could scarcely be attained.
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