Scrapbook by Hilda Doolittle, a.k.a., H.D.
The Imagist poet Hilda Doolittle became involved with modernist writing while still a teenager. At the age of fifteen, Doolittle met Ezra Pound; a few years later, in 1911 she followed him to England, where she quickly joined his circle of young writers and artists. The following year, it was Pound who “created” the poet “H.D.” when, without her knowledge, he signed her poems “H.D., Imagiste” before sending them to Poetry editor Harriet Monroe. From that point forward, H.D. was associated with Imagism, a poetic movement that emphasized economy of language and rejected traditional verse forms. Doolittle, however, resisted the label, finding it too limiting to include the range of her poetic ambition.

Around 1919, H.D. met Winnifred Ellerman, a young heiress and writer known as Bryher. Their friendship, romance, and creative collaboration lasted for the rest of their lives. The women traveled extensively together, including to Greece, a landscape and culture that deeply influenced H.D.’s work and aesthetic. She resided in Europe for the rest of her life, making her home in London, Paris, and Switzerland.

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