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H. D.,

1886–1961, American poet, b. Bethlehem, Pa., educated at Bryn Mawr. After 1911 she lived abroad, marrying Richard AldingtonAldington, Richard
, 1892–1962, English poet and novelist. While studying at the Univ. of London, he became acquainted with Ezra Pound and H. D. (Hilda Doolittle), whom he married in 1913.
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 in 1913. In England, under the influence of Ezra Pound, she became associated with the imagistsimagists,
group of English and American poets writing from 1909 to about 1917, who were united by their revolt against the exuberant imagery and diffuse sentimentality of 19th-century poetry.
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 and developed into one of the most original poets of the group. Volumes of her verse include Sea Garden (1916), Red Shoes for Bronze (1931), The Walls Do Not Fall (1944), and Bid Me to Live (1960).


See her collected poems, ed. by L. Martz (1983); S. S. Friedman, ed., Analyzing Freud: Letters of H. D., Bryher, and Their Circle (2002); biography by J. Robinson (1982); S. S. Friedman and R. B. DuPlessis, Signets: Reading H. D. (1990).

Doolittle, Hilda (H.D.; also John Helforth, pen names)

(1886–1961) poet, writer; born in Bethlehem, Pa. She attended Bryn Mawr (?1900–06), moved to Europe and England (1911), and was based in Switzerland (1924). A friend of Ezra Pound, she was a major imagist poet, and also wrote plays, novels, and children's stories.