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The Gift H.D.

The Gift

H.D.

Published 1984
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Paperback
142 pages
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Edited by Griselda Ohanessian.New introduction to the British edition by Diana Collecott.Introduction to the American edition by Perdita Schaffner.Let the story tell itself or let the child tell it.This beautiful memoir by one of AmericasMoreEdited by Griselda Ohanessian.New introduction to the British edition by Diana Collecott.Introduction to the American edition by Perdita Schaffner.Let the story tell itself or let the child tell it.This beautiful memoir by one of Americas greatest poets, the Imagist H. D., was written, like some of her other best work, in London during the Blitz. In The Gift, H. D. recaptures memories of being a small girl in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and later in the country outside Philadelphia. With a remarkable childs eye view, she recreates the homes of her childhood, the relationships to siblings, parents and grandparents, their religious rituals and taboos, and above all, the remarkable intuitive understanding between the small girl and her beloved grandmother Mamalie, who introduces her to her Moravian past, its symbols and female traditions. A family outing, a disturbing accident, a family Christmas Eve, a road companys performance of Uncle Toms Cabin - these are only some of the incidents brought vividly to life in this unconventional reliving of childhood, touching on dreams and burrowing deep into the authors earliest memories.The connections between past and present, the perceptions, misconceptions, delights and nightmares with which a childs life is crowded are all permeated by the central theme - the insight and creativity which she inherits from her mother and her mothers mother - the gift itself. Written more than forty years ago, with the daemonic drive released by psychoanalysis...and the Second World War, this is the first edition of an extraordinary memoir by one of the most important American writers of this century. [from the back panel]