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Bringing together Writing on the Wall, composed some ten years after H.D's
stay in Vienna, and Advent, a journal she kept at the time of her analysis
there, Tribute to Freud offers a rare glimpse into the consulting room of
the father of psychoanalysis. It may also be the most intimate of H.D.'s
works.Compelled by historical as well as personal crises, the poet worked
with Freud during 1933-34. The streets of Vienna were littered with tokens
dropped like confetti on the city, stating Hitler gives work. Hitler gives
bread. Having endured World War I, she was now gathering her resources to
face the second cataclysm she knew was approaching. In analysis, Hilda
Doolittle explored her Pennsylvania childhood, her relationship with Ezra
Pound (inventory of her nom de plume H.D.), Havelock Ellis, D.H. Lawrence,
her ex-husband Richard Aldington, and subsequent companion Winifred
Ellerman ( Bryher ), as well as her own creative processes.Freud, regarding
H.D. as a student as well as a patient, wads hardly the detached presence
one might imagine. Revealed here in the poet's words and in his own
letters, which comprise an appendix, is the considerate friend, the
charming Viennese gentleman--art collector, dog lover, wit--and the
pioneer, always revising his ideas and possessed of an insight that could
be terrifying in its force.--Publisher's description.

Hilda Doolittle—Tribute To Freud (Second Edition)

  • 9780811220040
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