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Born September 10th

Posted by Sherry on 9/10/2005 in --September, Birthdays |

Hilda Doolittle, b. 1886, American imagist poet who lived most of her life in Europe. She was associated with Ezra Pound, DH Lawrence, and Amy Lowell, and she underwent therapy with Sigmund Freud in Switzerland. She’s familiarly known as “H.D.” I found these two children’s stories that H.D. wrote when she was very young, in her 20’s, and trying to make a living as a writer. Both deal with the theme of boredom or ennui and imagination, reminding me of The Phantom Tollbooth or Alice in Wonderland.

Winter Woods by H.D.
Old Tommy by H.D.

Franz Werfel, b. 1890, was a Czech-born poet, novelist, and playwright who wrote the novel The Song of Bernadette upon which this 1943 movie is based. I’ve actually never seen the movie although I’ve heard of it. Is it any good? The funny thing is that Werfel was Jewish, never converted to Christianity, but wrote novels and plays with Catholic, Christian and pacifist themes.

Robert McClung, b. 1916, wrote dozens of natural science books, books about animals and insects, for children. Good books.

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