A book by Annette Debo, Western Carolina University associate professor of English, titled “The American H.D.” was recently released by the University of Iowa Press.
Weaving together literary criticism, biography, cultural history and archival research, “The American H.D.” offers a new story about the significance of the United States through a study of the life and work of modernist 20th-century writer Hilda Doolittle, who is known as “H.D.”
H.D., an American who spent her adult life abroad, helped launch the free verse movement and authored experimental novels, short and long stories, essays, reviews, a children’s book and translations. The University of Iowa Press describes H.D. as “a white writer with ties to the Harlem Renaissance; an intellectual who collaborated on avant-garde films and film criticism; and an upper-middle- class woman who refused to follow gender conventions.”