[ilds] BookThug announces publication of Narthex and Other Stories by H.D.

James Gifford james.d.gifford at gmail.com
Mon Apr 30 07:50:58 PDT 2012

Hello all,

This new edition of H.D.'s short stories may be of interest.  Apart from 
Narthex, the book includes her short story "Pontikinisi," which might 
interest Durrellians.


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Subject: BookThug announces publication of Narthex and Other Stories by H.D.
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:14:37 -0400
From: Hazel Millar <hazel at BOOKTHUG.CA>
Reply-To: Hilda Doolittle Society Discussions <HDSOC-L at LISTSERV.UCONN.EDU>

BookThug is pleased to announce the publication of Narthex and Other 
Stories by H.D.; edited and with an Afterword by Michael Boughn. 
Department of Reissue no. 8

Available for purchase online at www.bookthug.ca

Primarily known as a poet, H.D. was also a prolific prose writer. In 
fact her writing career began with the publication of children’s stories 
in Sunday school magazines. She wrote several novels, only two of which 
were published in her lifetime, and a number of short stories and 
novellas, some of which were published under pseudonyms. Two of the 
three stories reprinted here for the first time were published in the 
1920s under the names Rhoda Peters and D.A. Hill in Pagany and Life and 
Letters Today. The third story -- really a novella -- was published in 
Alfred Kreymborg's anthology, The Second American Caravan in 1928, and 
has been unavailable ever since. These stories offer a remarkable 
insight into H.D.'s thinking as she struggled to develop her work at a 
transitional time in her life.

"This is H.D. at her best, speaking, making real for us the range of 
feeling of those possibilities at the edge of our known and defined 
experience which have not been spoken before. It is what I have called 
to myself the "courage of the tenuous" -- the quality in her which has 
most value for me as an artist, especially as a woman artist; the 
willingness to speak of what cannot be proved. What cannot, even, to be 
pointed to in the consensus world we precariously share with each other."
-- Diane Di Prima

Michael Boughn has taught literature courses at the University of 
Toronto for 19 years. His own writing includes poetry, fiction, 
non-fiction, and essays. He is the author of H.D.: A Bibliography 
1905-1990 (1993) and co-editor (with Victor Coleman) of Robert Duncan's 
The H.D. Book (2011). His recent book of poetry, /Cosmographia - A 
Post-Lucretian Faux Micro-Epic/, was shortlisted for the 2011 Governor 
General's Award for Poetry. His mystery novel, /Business As Usual/, was 
published in 2011. Great Canadian Poems for the Aged Vol.1 Illus. Ed is 
forthcoming from BookThug in 2012.

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