by H.D., edited by Annette Debo
This volume presents two rare works by the modernist writer H.D.: Within the Walls, a collection of fourteen short stories, and What Do I Love?, a set of three long poems. Written during World War II in London, where H.D. chose to stay despite offers of refuge in the United States, the stories and poems recount her experiences during the Blitz. These texts capture the essence of war-torn London from the perspective of a woman with her boots on the ground.
Annette Debo’s nuanced introduction sets the scene for these works. Debo helps us understand a time and place that transformed H.D. into the bold war writer shown in this volume and opens our eyes to the impact of these war experiences on H.D.’s better known works.