New scholarship on Aldington

Vincent Trott (Open University) has a couple of recent publications that discuss at some length Richard Aldington, and particularly the publication and reception of Death of a Hero.

Vincent contributed a chapter entitled ‘“The market is getting flooded with them”: Richard Aldington’s Death of a Hero and the War Books Boom’, in The Book World: Selling and Distributing British Literature, 1900-1940 (Brill, 2017)The chapter engages with archival material from the Chatto & Windus archives at the University of Reading.  Some complementary material is available in my own monograph.

In Trott’s monograph, Publishers, Readers and the Great War: Literature and Memory since 1918 (Bloomsbury, 2017), the material on Aldington forms part of a longer narrative about the literary representations of the First World War stretching from the conflict to date.

Andrew Frayn


Miss Rhodes

Marianne Moore (1948)

A quick reminder of Patricia Willis’s search for a Miss Rhodes, associated with Marianne Moore and the Imagist circle.

You can read the previous post here.

Patricia’s Marianne Moore website is here.  Please contact her with any information about Miss Rhodes at pcwinct [at] gmail [dot] com.

HD, Lawrence Durrell (and Aldington)

H.D., Hirslanden Notebooks cover

James D. Gifford (Fairleigh Dickinson University) recently published a brief article on ‘H.D.’s Hirslanden Notebooks and Durrell’s Claudia: Occult Modernism Across the Curtain and in the Mirror’ in ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and

The article mainly analyses H.D.’s late Hirslanden notebooks, but in doing so it also points to the importance of her correspondence with Aldington.  RA, as Gifford points out, reported H.D.’s reading experiences of the Alexandria Quartet to Durrell in correspondence, available in Literary Lifelines: The Richard Aldington–Lawrence Durrell Correspondence, ed. by Ian MacNiven and Harry T. Moore (1981).

Gifford suggests, among other things, that making this connection brings forth the possibility of productive readings of H.D.:

we may consider not only how knowing Durrell’s works alters the nature of some of H.D.’s cryptic references in her late writings that have only recently come into print, but it also indicates how H.D. would have given scholarship a productive reading of The Alexandria Quartet had she lived longer. We might also start to look to Durrell’s influence from H.D. as a predecessor[.]