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D[OOLITTLE], H[ilda].

The Hedgehog.

Published: [London]: The Brendin Publishing Company, 1936

Stock code: 79400

Price: £500

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First edition, first impression, one of 300 copies printed at the Curwen Press. This is the author’s only work for children, and even then quite adult in its intellectual depth. Doolittle was an American poet, novelist and memoirist known for her association with the early 20th century avant-garde Imagist group of poets such as Ezra Pound and Richard Aldington, whom she married. Pound championed the career of the charismatic Doolittle, and from 1916-17 she acted as literary editor of the Egoist, while her poetry appeared in the English Review and the Transatlantic Review. During the First World War she suffered the death of her brother and the break up of her marriage to Aldington, and later in the thirties would seek psychiatric help from Sigmund Freud himself. He was particularly instrumental in helping her to understand and unapologetically express her bisexuality. This book was written in Switzerland in 1925, where she had settled with her lover the writer Bryher (Annie Winifred Ellerman), and is governed by a palpably autobiographical arc of self discovery. She would go on to beome an icon for gay rights and feminist movements. Scarce in the jacket.

Small quarto. Original green paper over boards printed with black titles to spine and front cover. With the dust jacket. Black and white vignette illustrations in the text by George Plank. Ends and corners rubbed, spine a little creased, some partial fading to edges of boards. An excellent copy in the partially faded jacket with small chips at the extremities and loss to ends of spine.

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