H.D.'s travels in Europe c. WWI by Celena E. Kusch
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**This timeline of H.D.'s travels in Europe in the years leading up to and just after World War I was prepared by Celena E. Kusch based on the data in Louis Silverstein's H.D. Chronology. This data is is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
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191123 July1911 July 23. [After Pound's departure. H.D. departs for Europe with Frances Gregg and her mother on the Floride; William Carlos Williams and Charles Leander Doolittle at pier to see them off; arrives at Havre, goes to Rouen (writes post card to Helen Wolle Doolittle from here), (Specific date of departure from Emily Mitchell Wallace's unpublished "Ten Years of Beauty.") According to ASPHODEL, while in Rouen, H.D. and the Greggs visit the Cathedral and fight off bed bugs in their hotel.Havre, France; Rouen, FranceAsphodelhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rue_vieux_rouen_2006.jpgRouen Aripauteur at the French language Wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/), GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. 2006.
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1911Julythen to Paris; stays at Paris Plage Etaples (Autobiographical notes).Paris, France; Paris Plage Etaples, Paris, FranceAsphodelhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Etaples-2.jpgPont at Etaples By Y.C. (Collection personnelle) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. c. 1910.
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1911August - September1911 August - September. H.D. spends time in Paris and sees Walter Rummel at his studio in Passy where he performs (Friedman. DLB 45:121) (Autobiographical notes). According to ASPHODEL (p. 45) H.D. runs into Rummel in the Louvre. Also goes to Versailles with the Greggs, according to ASPHODELParis, France; Passy, Paris, France; Louvre, Paris, FranceAsphodelhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Louvre_Cour_Carr%C3%A9e_June_2010.jpgBy King of Hearts (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons. 21 June 2010.
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191121 - 22 August1911 August 21-22. "Mona Lisa" stolen from Louvre; H.D. and Frances Gregg stand in long lines; sees "Hellenistic ring of some occult significance in a jewel-case in the Louvre" {apparently with serpent and thistle symbols} (Thorn Thicket, p. 36). In ASPHODEL, H.D. writes about having seen the Winged Victory, Venus de Milo, Corregio's "Zeus and Antiope", etc.Louvre, Paris, FranceAsphodelhttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mona_Lisa_stolen-1911.jpg#/media/File:Mona_Lisa_stolen-1911.jpgVacant wall in the Salon Carré, Louvre after the painting was stolen in 1911. Image printed in "The Two Mona Lisas" by Walter Littlefield, article from Century Magazine, 87.4 (Feb 1914): 525-529. Public Domain.
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1911Mid-September1911 September (mid?). Francis Wolle spends week in Paris; meets H.D. and they take the river trip to St. Cloud; on his last day in Paris, Wolle is robbed at the Eiffel Tower--contacts H.D. at her address "at St. Denis" for assistance and has tea with her and Frances Gregg (Wolle. A MORAVIAN HERITAGE, p. 61-62).Paris, France; Eiffel Tower, Paris, France; St. Cloud, Paris, France; St. Denis, Paris, Francex
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191127 September1911 September 27. H.D. sends postcard to Helen Wolle Doolittle postmarked Boulogne/Paris-Plage: "We leave Friday for Dover via Folkstone. We may stop off a day at latter. I look forward to mail in London" (Collecott notes.)Boulogne/Paris-Plage, Francex
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191128 September1911 September 28. Postcard of "La Primavera" postmarked this date sent by H.D. to Ezra Pound: "Arrive Sunday -- c/o Mrs. Symons, 30-31 Bernard St. W.C. -- Hope to see you sometime -- H. ----" (unpublished postcard in the possession of Omar S. Pound). c/o Mrs. Symons, 30-31 Bernard Street, W.C.http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Westchester.jpgBy Zoewscott (en:Image:373868249_l.jpg) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. 20 Jan 2006.
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191129 September1911 September 29. H.D. and the Greggs possibly left Boulogne for Dover (LHS conjecture). Ezra Pound writes to May Sinclair: "Hilda is - in her lucid intervals - rather charming. Will you then gratia plenis, etc. write to Miss Hilda Doolittle c/o Mrs Symons, 30 Bernard St. WC and ask her to bring Miss Frances Gregg to tea. If you write at once it may be there for her arrival" (Hanscombe & Smyers, WRITING FOR THEIR LIVES, p. 21).Boulogne, France; Dover, Englandhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:White_Cliffs,_Dover,_England.JPGBy Eluveitie (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. 28 August 2011.
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19111 October1911 October 1. H.D. arrives in London with Frances and Julia Gregg [date based upon postcard written by H.D. to Ezra Pound 28/IX/1911].London, England
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1911Autumn1911 Autumn(?). H.D. visits Manchester (?) (Autobiographical notes).Manchester, Englandhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Manchester_from_the_Sky,_2008.jpgBy Daniel Nisbet from Manchester, United Kingdom (Manchester from the Sky) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0) or CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. 2008.
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1911Early October1911 October (early ?). H.D.'s address was c/o Mrs. Symons, 30 Bernard Street, W.C. [off Russell Square Street]. (Collecott. Notes.)c/o Mrs. Symons, 30 Bernard Street, W.C. (off Russell Square Street)
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19116 October1911 October 6 - ?. H.D.'s address was c/o Miss Withey, 8 Duchess Street [off Portland Place]; recommended by Ezra Pound who stayed there in 1906 and 1908 (Collecott. Notes). c/o Miss Withey, 8 Duchess Street (off Portland Place)
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1911November1911 November. H.D. in London; begins studies at British Museum (Autobiographical notes).British Museum, London, Englandhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:British_Museum_Entrance_-_British_Museum.jpgBy Andres Rueda [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. 24 March 2012.
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191130 October1911 October 30. H.D. goes to Kenilworth Castle; writes postcard of the castle to Helen Wolle Doolittle (postmarked Leamington Spa): "En route to Stratford. Beautiful windswept day in Kenilworth Castle" (Collecott notes).Kenilworth Castle; Leamington Spahttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kenilworth_castle_keep_and_great_hall.jpgKenilworth Castle Keep and Great Hall By Robek (Own work) [CC-BY-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons. 1 March 2006.
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191131 October1911 October 31. H.D. in Stratford-on-Avon; sends postcard to Helen Wolle Doolittle (Collecott notes).Stratford-on-Avon, Englandhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shakespeare%27s_birthplace,_Stratford_on_Avon.jpgBy Francis S Walker (1848-1916) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Shakespeare's Birthplace in Stratford-on-Avon. 1907. Source: Lang, Andrew (Ed.) "Poets' country" (London, Edinburgh: T.C. & E.C. Jack, 1907).
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1911Late October or Early November1911 October (late ?) or November (early ?). Gregg and her mother return to America; H.D. sees them off in Liverpool (Collecott notes: depends on route followed). (ASPHODEL indicates that H.D. did see the Greggs off from Liverpool.)Liverpool, EnglandAsphodel
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1911November1911 November. H.D. in London; begins studies at British Museum (Autobiographical notes).British Museum, London, England
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191117 November1911 November 17. H.D. in London; sends postcard of the British museum to Helen Wolle Doolittle: "where I spend my mornings"--comments that Rummel is due in London (Collecott notes).British Museum, London, England
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19114 December1911 December 4. H D. in London; writes to Isabel Pound (from 8 Duchess St.) to say that Ezra had been most kind to her since her arrival in London (Stock. Life of Ezra Pound, p. 107). This may be the same letter in which she goes on to say "our reception in London was surprisingly cordial - due to the efforts of his friends spurred on by himself. Miss Sinclair had a tea for Frances Gregg & myself, at which Frances was properly introduced as the risin American poetess, and I as -- well, just a friend of great people.; tells of meeting Alice Meynell and Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Rhys; hasspent hours browsing in picture galleries {"`The National' is my favorite Haunt"}, exploring old churches and churchyards, "odd corners in Lincoln's Inn Fields, remote by-ways and bridges by Hammersmith, feeding many ducks who quack gracefully in St. James Park, and sea-gulls who look on and soar disdainfully aloft; - more ambitious adventures into Hampstead Heath & Goldners' [sic] Green" (Collecott notes).London, England; Lincoln's Inn Fields; Hammersmith; St. James Park; Hampstead Heath; Golders Greenhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lincoln%27s_Inn_Fields.jpgStephen Craven [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. 23 September 2006. Source: geograph.org.uk.
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1911 - 19121911 (End ?) - 1912 (?). H.D. at Waterloo Court, Golders Green (Autobiographical notes). Meets Richard Aldington about this time--Aldington later wrote: "At nineteen I first met my wife at the house of Mrs Deighton Patmore" (Aldington, Richard. `BUBB BOOKLETS', p. 28).Waterloo Court, Golders Green
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1912January1912 January. Harold Monro opens Poetry Bookshop at 35 Devonshire St., Theobald's Road, W.C. (Collecott notes from Hughes, p. 30).Poetry Bookshop, 35 Devonshire Street, Theobald's Road, W.C.
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19128 January1912 January 8. H.D. in London; sends Ezra Pound a postcard postmarked Hendon N.W. saying that she will be there "tomorow or Wed. night" to receive him (Collecott notes).London, England; Hendon, N.W.http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hendon_Town_Hall_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1733513.jpgMartin Addison [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. 2 March 2010. Source: geograph.org.uk.
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191226 February1912 February 26. H.D. in London; writes to Isabel Pound; gives address as c/o American Epress, 8 Haymarket, S.W.; has heard Yeats at Olivia Shakespear's ("though I was impressed I was not hyper-impressed by the poet"); "Mrs. Shakespear has been most kind and her daughter & I have had some chats together, as well"; refers to kindness of John Galsworthy's sister (to whom Kate Procter {?} had written to be kind to H.D.); refers to impending arrival of Walter Rummel in a few weeks; the Pounds had sent her candied apricots for Christmas; includes gossip about the F.S. Flints: "He [Ezra] always has some under-dog on hand. One Thursday it was a derelict poet called Flint who made the fatal mistake of marrying his landlady's daughter, a hopeless little cockney!"--H.D. indicates amusement that the baby's name was Ianthe (Collecott notes). H.D. also expresses her gratitude to Ezra for his introducing her to May Sinclair; also refers to the Rhys [?] and refers to being invited to their house on the coming Thursday [February 29?] to meet Hewlett [?]; also mentions that next week she is to have tea with Harriet Monroe, whom Ezra says is depressed (Hanscombe & Smyers, WRITING FOR THEIR LIVES, p. 21, 22).London England; c/o American Epress, 8 Haymarket, S.W.
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1912Late April - Early May1912 April (late) - May (early). H.D. sees Frances Gregg Wilkinson at Victoria Station Hotel (along with Ezra Pound, Brigit Patmore and Richard Aldington); makes plans to travel to Brussels with the Wilkinson entourage; next day Pound meets her outside her room [off Oxford Circus] as she prepares to depart and informs her that if she joins them she is ruining Frances's chance for happiness; H.D. reconsiders and goes to Victoria Station with a glowering and savage Pound accompanying her and tells Frances that she is not joining her (END TO TORMENT; Autobiographical notes).Victoria Station Hotel; Brussels, BelgiumEnd to Tormenthttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Royal_Victoria_Station_Hotel_(Now_Holiday_Inn)_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1705035.jpgJohn Mace [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. 1958. The hotel is now a Holiday Inn. Source: geograph.org.uk.
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1912May1912 May(?). H.D. and Richard Aldington in Paris (Friedman. DLB 45:121); discoursed with Henry Slominsky on a bench in the `Jardins du Luxembourg' about Hellas and Hellenism (Stock. Life of Ezra Pound, p. 116).Paris, France
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19121 May1912 May 1 (?). H.D. departs for Paris, alone, and meets Margaret Cravens (R. Spoo. Introd. to "Erza Pound to Margaret Lanier Cravens" [unpubl. ms.]).Paris, France
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19129 May1912 May 9. H.D. in Paris; writes postcard to F.S. Flint; gives address "c/o Madame Bribaule [?] - 21 rue Jacob" (H.D. to F.S. Flint. CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE, v. 10, no. 4, p. 559). For some reason H.D. has to be extracted by Margaret Craven from the rue Jacob pension (where Louise Skidmore had sent her (Autobiographical notes). When Margaret Cravens helps H.D. get out of the pension in the rue Jacob (presumably after May 9), she gets her into a more agreeable hotel in the rue de la Grande ChaumiŠre (R. Spoo. Introd. to "Erza Pound to Margaret Lanier Cravens" [unpubl. ms.]).Paris, France; c/o Madame Bribaule, 21 Rue Jacob, Paris, France; Rue de la Grande ChaumiŠre
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191220 May1912 May 20. Richard Aldington in Paris; writes postcard to A.E. Aldington ([unpubl.] Temple Univ. Lib. transcript). H.D's diary confirms that she was in Paris with Richard Aldington and indicates that they were in the Louvre (Zilboorg notes: Paris 1912 Diary).Paris, France; Louvre, Paris, France
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191223 May1912 May 23. Richard Aldington in Paris; writes postcard to A.E. Aldington; "I spend many hours wiith the Venus" ([unpubl.] Temple Univ. Lib. transcript). [Spoo conjectures that "the Venus" refers to H.D. (R. Spoo. Introd. to "Erza Pound to Margaret Lanier Cravens" [unpubl. ms.])].Paris, France
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191224 May1912 May 24. H.D. in Paris; goes to the Louvre with Richard Aldington (Zilboorg notes: Paris 1912 Diary).Paris, France; Louvre, Paris, France
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19121 June1912 June 1. Margaret Cravens writes notes to Walter Rummel (enclosing a briefer one for Ezra Pound) and to Louise Morgan Sill; goes to a tea party at the Passy home of Th‚rŠse Chaigneau (whose engagement to Walter Morse Rummel had occured that week); then stops to see Rummel at his flat, behaving with utmost serenity (according to Rummel); around 8:00 PM she returned to her sixth floor apartment on the rue du Colis‚e, just off the Champs Elys‚e; played a piece that Rummel had composed to accompany an original poem written by Pound and part of a group which he had dedicated to Margaret Cravens ("the Weaver of Beauty"); then she propped the notes which she had written earlier on the piano; retires to her bedroom where, dressed in a white blouse and a new light brown suit, she pressed a small silver revolver up under her right breast and fired (R. Spoo. Introd. to "Erza Pound to Margaret Lanier Cravens" [unpubl. ms.]). The piece that Margaret Craven played was probably either "Aria" or Madrigale" or both, each of which was dedicated to "the Weaver of Beauty" (R. Spoo, letter to LHS, Oct. 29, l987).Rue du Colise, just off the Champs Elysehttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Avenue_des_Champs-Elys%C3%A9es_from_top_of_Arc_de_triomphe_Paris.jpgBy Jebulon (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons. 2 May 2013. Avenue des Champs-Elysées from top of Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile in Paris, France.
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19122 June1912 June 2. H.D. goes to Margaret Cravens' apartment, expecting to have tea with her; learns from the maid that "Mademoiselle est morte" (THE CANTOS OF EZRA POUND: SOME TESTAMONIES ..., p. 19); if "Asphodel" can be interpreted at face value, Richard Aldington was supposed to meet her at Margaret Cravens'; then she was at the home of Th‚rŠse Chaigneau, outside of Paris (Passy) where she learns that Walter Rummel has received a letter from Craven explaining that he is the person whom she was in love with, not Ezra Pound as Rummel had declared (Autobiographical notes); that evening H.D. possibly began the two poems under the heading "M.L.C." (in her Paris 1912 Diary). Richard Aldington in Paris; writes postcard to Molly Aldington; refers to visiting the Louvre and a tea party that afternoon ([unpubl.] Temple Univ. Lib. transcript).Passy, Paris, FranceAsphodel
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19124 June1912 June 4. H.D. and Richard Aldington in Paris; go to the Louvre together (Zilboorg notes: Paris 1912 Diary). Aldington writes postcard to Miss M.M. Aldington ([unpubl.] Temple Univ. Lib. transcript).Paris, France; Louvre, Paris, France
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191210 June1912 June 10. H.D. in Paris; has tea with Richard Aldington and Ezra Pound (Zilboorg notes: Paris 1912 Diary).Paris, France
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191215 June1912 June 15. H.D. in Paris; spends morning in Luxembourg Gardens with Richard Aldington (Zilboorg notes: Paris 1912 Diary).Paris, France; Luxembourg Gardenshttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Luxembourg_Gardens,_Paris.jpgBy Felipe de la Fuente Díaz (Felipedd) (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. 27 August 2010.
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191223 June1912 July 23. H.D. still in Paris (EP to DP, p. 136).Paris, France
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1912Summer1912 Summer. H.D. goes to Rye where Richard Aldington is visiting his parents and Brigit Patmore and Rachel Annand Taylor are nearby (Patmore: My Friends When Young) {Comment: date on this may be incorrect, LHS}.Rye, England
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191223 August1912 August 23. H.D. in London; spends day with Ezra Pound and Richard Aldington (EP to DP, p. 143).London, England
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191226 September*1912 September 26(?). British Museum tea room episode supposedly occured. Poems involved include "Hermes of the Ways," "Acon" and "Orchard" (Autobiographical notes). Pound adds "Imagiste" to H.D.'s initials which were already on the page. (Cf. Biographical notes file in Pearson Papers at Beinecke: notes from interview with H.D.) [Note: the version that H.D. told Pearson varies from version recorded in END TO TORMENT. Note: because of the whole mythology that has been built around Pound's naming of H.D. this whole sequence needs to be very carefully examined. Note that H.D. had earlier signed letters to Williams with just her initials; also she signed one of her books as "H.D." April 1912.]British Museum, London, EnglandHermes of the Ways; Acon; Orchard; End to Torment
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1912October1912 October. H.D. leaves London; goes to Paris where she sees Ezra Pound and the Rummels [source: letter from H.D. to Isabel Pound of December 5, l9l2]; then goes to Genoa where she joins her parents with Margaret and Dr. Snively who arrive together on a liner; then they go on to Florence and Rome; Aldington comes to Rome (with a job writing a series of articles on Italy for A.R. Orage of The New Age in early December (Autobiographical notes) (Zilboorg introd. [draft]).London, England; Paris, France; Genoa, Italy; Florence, Italy; Rome, Italyxhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Genova_-_Via_XX_settembre.JPGBy William Domenichini (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. 2005.
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191214 October1912 October 14. Charles Leander and Helen Wolle Doolittle land at Genoa, accompanied by Dr. Snively and Margaret Snively; H.D. is there to meet them (Zilboorg notes: Margaret Snively Pratt to H.D., unpubl. letter, 1/26/55).Genoa, Italyx
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191218 October1912 October 18. Doolittles and Snivelys leave Genoa for Florence, stopping at Pisa enroute (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Genoa, Italy; Florence, Italy; Pisa, Italyxhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pisa-vista02.jpgBy solarskati (Flickr) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. 25 December 2004.
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191231 October1912 October 31. H.D. in Florence Was this H.D.'s first trip to Florence (?) when she wrote to Isabelle Pound: "Florence set me on edge--too frail, too fastidious, like a lovely, nervous woman"; goes to a cafe with Helen Wolle Doolittle and Margaret Snively (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Florence, Italyx
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191219 November1912 November 19. H.D. in Florence; goes to the library with Helen Wolle Doolittle (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Florence, Italyx
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191229 November1912 November 29. H.D. in Florence; has last Italian lesson (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Florence, Italy
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19124 December1912 December 4. H.D. in Florence; leaves with her parents for Rome (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary). H.D. later referred to seeing Phyllis Bottome and Lylie [i.e Lislie] Brock in Rome (Autobiographical notes). Years later, in a postcard to Ezra Pound, H.D. recalls that Pound sent her to Phyllis Bottome in Rome, Winter 1912--comments that she thinks much of her but can't recall when she last saw her, possibly in Paris 1924 (H.D. to E.P., [unpubl. letter, 25 Mar 53], Lilly Library). In her memoirs, Phyllis Botttome recalls that she first met Ezra Pound at one of May Sinclair's parties and that he rescued her from the insufferable presence of Gilbert Canaan who was there with Mary Ansell (Mrs. J.M. Barrie); she goes on to recall "In 1912, when Lislie and I went to Rome for the Winter, Ezra gave me an introduction to his great friend and disciple, H.D., and I later met Richard Aldington through H.D. I made a great many mistakes over these two. I laugh now when I think of their nature; but I found them highly stimulating as companions, though I agreed with Lislie, who was violently shocked at their unkind treatment of H.D.'s simple and kindly parents. We were also struck with H.D.'s ignorance of nature. 'She cannot be a real poet, Phil,' Lislie told me indignantly, 'or she would know a lamb's bleat and not ask what kind of a bird it was!' H.D. was a mysterious girl, an introvert with a curious Victorian streak of docile femininity which had to battle with her twentieth century revolts. I thought--and still think--her poems as lovely as salted shells washed up out of reach of the tide. I made the mistake of admiring these poems of H.D.'s as much or more than I admired Ezra's, and I though Richard Aldington inferior to either. No one was more annoyed by these heretical opinions than Hilda. Richard Aldington in his turn considered me 'Meredithian'--a term of abuse in those days--but he was a kindly and generous hearted person and grateful to me for introducing him to Tusculum, which he and Hilda had hitherto overlooked, and subsequently giving them both introductions to my artist friend in Capri. Richard would, I think, have liked to give me a helping hand when H.D.--not altogether surprisingly--repudiated me forever. The morals of this literary circle differed fundamentally from Lislie's and mine. If the occasion had arisen, we would not have been averse to considering the world well lost for the sake of a serious, lifelong passion; but we still considered the world to be well worth keeping. The set to which H.D. and Ezra belonged were not only prepared to lose the world, they wanted to kick it away from them on the slightest provocation, or even no provocation at all; indeed it was a pleasure to them simply to kick it (Bottome, Phyllis. THE CHALLENGE. New York : Harcourt, Brace and Company, c1953, p. 381-385).Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy; Capri, Italyxhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Campania_Capri1_tango7174.jpgBy Tango7174 (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. 12 October 2010.
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19125 December1912 December 5. H.D. in Rome; writes to Isabel Pearson Pound: "I miss London ... but am eager to know Rome" (Collecott notes). Refers to Aldington, Brigit Patmore, and Ezra: "We four - that is. E, R.A., and Mrs P. - not her family - were much together during the last year" (Hanscombe & Smyers, WRITING FOR THEIR LIVES, p. 23). Receives mail and visits the Coliseum with her parents (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Rome, Italy
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19127 December1912 December 7. H.D. in Rome; Helen Wolle Doolittle notes visiting the Vatican Museum (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Vatican Museum, Rome, Italyx
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191221 December1912 December 21. H.D. in Rome; goes with Richard Aldington to the Vatican Museum and dines with him (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Vatican Museum, Rome, Italyhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:11604_-_Vatican_Museum-_(3482433760).jpgBy xiquinhosilva from Cacau (11604 - Vatican Museum- Uploaded by Marcus Cyron) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. 28 April 2009.
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191222 December1912 December 22. H.D. in Rome; goes with Richard Aldington to the National Museum (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).National Museum, Rome, Italy
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191225 December1912 December 25. Christmas dinner in Rome (Autobiographical notes). Richard Aldington joins the Doolittles for dinner (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Rome, Italyx
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1913Winter1913 Winter. H.D. travels in Italy (Naples, Pompeii, Posedonia or Paestum) with Charles Leander and Helen Wolle Doolittle (Autobiographical notes).Naples, Pompeii, Posedonia, or Paestum, Italyxhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Napoli014.jpgBy Lordy99 (Flickr) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons. 16 September 2006. Naples city gates.
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1913January1913 January. Doolittles leave Naples (Corpa di Cava?); take the Amalfi Drive and go to Sorrento and Capri; Charles Leander Doolittle leaves for Sicily (Autobiographical notes).Naples, Italy; Sorrento, Italy; Capri, Italy; Sicily, Italyxhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sorrento_Cliff_1.jpgBy Halley from Boston (Flickr) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. 20 March 2005. Cliff at Sorrento.
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19132 January1913 January 2. H.D. in Rome; goes out with Richard Aldington (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Rome, Italy
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19135 January1913 January 5. H.D. in Rome; spends the morning with Richard Aldington at the Borghese Palace and grounds (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Borghese Palace, Rome, Italyhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Borghese_Palace_Rome_engraving_by_William_Miller_after_S_Prout.jpgWilliam Miller [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. 1831. Borghese Palace Rome engraving.
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191311 January1913 January 11. H.D. in Rome; she and Richard Aldington are met by Helen Wolle Doolittle at the Vatican Museum (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Vatican Museum, Rome, Italyx
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191312 January1913 January 12. H.D. in Rome; visits Capitoline Hill with Richard Aldington (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Capitoline Hill, Rome, Italyhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Capitoline_Hill_Rome_1.JPGBy Pascal Reusch (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons.
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191323 January1913 January 23. H.D. in Rome; goes with Richard Aldington to Frascati [?] (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Frascati, Rome, Italyhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Frascati20.jpgBy iessi (Flickr) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. 5 October 2006.
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191328 January1913 January 28. H.D. in Rome; spends day with Richard Aldington in Geazaro [?] (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Geazaro, Rome, Italy
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191312 February1913 February 12. Doolittle family [without Richard Aldington] leaves Rome for Naples (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Rome, Italy; Naples, Italyx
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191314 February1913 February 14. H.D. in Naples; Richard Aldington arrives from Rome (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Naples, Italy; Rome, Italy
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191325 February1913 February 25. H.D. in Naples; spends day at Pozzuoli [?] with Richard Aldington; returns to hotel after five to have tea with Charles Leander and Helen Wolle Doolittle in their room (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Pozzuoli, Naples, Italyx
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191327 February1913 February 27. H.D. in Naples; goes to Pompeii with Richard Aldington (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Naples, Italy; Pompeii, Italy
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1913Early Spring1913 Spring (early). H.D. stays on in Capri and moves from "Paradiso" to a room and works on Greek (Aldington is also there); Helen Wolle Doolittle goes to Sicily; (H.D., with Aldington, may have also gone back to Naples and Florence at this time).Capri, Italy; Sicily, Italyx
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19131 March1913 March 1. H.D. in Naples; goes out with Richard Aldington (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Naples, Italy
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19136 March1913 March 6. Helen Wolle Doolittle leaves (with Charles Leander Doolittle ?) Naples for Venice; H.D. and Richard Aldington follow on later train (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Naples, Italy; Venice, Italyxhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:VenedigVonOben2.jpgBy myself (my photograph) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. 2005.
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191314 March1919 March 14. The Doolittles and (Richard Aldington?) take a boat for Capri and Anacapri; stay on Anacapri (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Capri, Italy; Anacapri, Italyxhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anacapri.jpgBy User:Albertistvan at hu.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
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191318 March1913 March 18. Richard Aldington in Anacapri; writes to A.E. Aldington; gives address as Pensione di Luiro, Anacapri, Napoli ([unpubl.] Temple Univ. Lib. transcript).Pensione di Luiro, Anacapri, Naples, Italy
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191318 April1913 April 18. Helen Wolle Doolittle writes letter to H.D. in Capri; receives postcard from her (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Capri, Italyx
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191321 April1913 April 21. Ezra Pound writes to Dorothy Shakespear implying that H.D. and Richard Aldington will shortly be arriving in Venice (EP to DP, p. 207). Richard Aldington in Anacapri; writes to A.E. Aldington; says he plans to stay on in Anacapri and writes as he is expecting some books from London and E.P. won't be in Venezia until May ([unpubl.] Temple Univ. Lib. transcript).Venice, Italy; Anacapri, Italy
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191327 April1913 April 27. Helen Wolle Doolittle receives letter from H.D.from Anacapri (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Anacapri, Italyx
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19133 May1913 May 3. Ezra Pound writes to Dorothy Shakespear that "R. & H. [Richard Aldington & Hilda Doolittle] appear to be falling in love with each other somewhere en route from Napoli" (EP to DP, p. 217); Pound writes a few days later that "I found the dryad's family disconsolate on the piazza yesterday afternoon & spent the evening consoling them for the absence of their offspring (EP to DP, p. 220). Richard Aldington in Florence; writes postcard to Mile. M.M. Aldington; says he is leaving on Monday for Venice ([unpubl.] Temple Univ. Lib. transcript).Florence, Italy; Naples, Italy; Venice, Italy
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19136 May1913 May 6. Richard Aldington in Florence; writes to A.E. Aldington; is leaving Florence that day--is meeting Pound that evening in Venice ([unpubl.] Temple Univ. Lib. transcript).Florence, Italy; Venice, Italy
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19137 May1913 May 7. H.D. meets her parents in Venice after trip up with Aldington (Pound is in Venice and takes on Charles Leander and Helen Wolle Doolittle--sense of unhappiiness on H.D.'s part prevails) (Autobiographical notes); during this stay in Venice Pound leads H.D. through a labyrinth of strrets and bridges to a church he insisted she "must" see: "The church was cool. with a balcony of icy mermaids, Santa Maria del Miracoli" (End to Torment, p. 5-6; EP to DP, p. 227). Richard Aldington writes postcard to Mile. M. Aldington; reports that he he is staying in the same hotel as Pound ([unpubl.] Temple Univ. Lib. transcript). Also writes postcard to A.E. Aldington; refers to driving with Pound ([unpubl.] Temple Univ. Lib. transcript).Venice, Italyx
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191312 May1913 May 12. H.D. in Venice; goes on the Lido in the afternoon with Helen Wolle Doolittle, Richard Aldington, and Ezra Pound (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Venice, Italy; Lido di Venezia, Italyxhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lido_di_Venezia_-_Gran_Viale.jpg[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Between 1908 and 1940. Source: Cartolina d'epoca.
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191323 May1913 May 23. H.D. in Venice; Helen Wolle Doolittle comments in her diary: "R. [Richard Aldington] & I met at the Lido - had lunch there (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Lido, Venice, Italyx
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191327 May1913 May 27. H.D. in Venice; Helen Wolle Doolittle writes in her diary: "Hilda and Richard are spending the day in Padua" (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Venice, Italy; Padua, Italyxhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Torre_dell_orologio.jpgZagreus at the German language Wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], from Wikimedia Commons. 26 November 2004.
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191330 May1913 May 30. H.D., Helen Wolle Doolittle, take trip to Verona for the Bach Festival (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary). Richard Aldington writes postcard to A.E. Aldington; is leaving today for Verona--if Verona is too hot, he will go on up to Sirmione ([unpubl.] Temple Univ. Lib. transcript).Verona, Italyx
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19131 June1913 June 1. H.D. in Verona; goes with Richard Aldington to the Museo Dineo [?] but finds it closed (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Verona, Italy; Museo Dineo
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19133 June1913 June 3. Richard Aldington in Verona; writes postcard to A.E. Aldington; leaving "domani" because of enormous heat; instructs him to write c/o Hotel Eden, Sirmione, Lago di Garda ([unpubl.] Temple Univ. Lib. transcript).Verona, Italy; c/o Hotel Eden, Sirmione, Lago di Garda, Italyhttps://flic.kr/p/fCAKhSBy Son of Groucho CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)], from Wikimedia Commons. 17 July 2013.
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19134 June1913 June 4. H.D., Helen Wolle Doolittle, and Richard Aldington travel to Lake Garda, Sirmione (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Lake Garda, Sirmione, Italyx
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19135 June1913 June 5. H.D. in Sirmione; Helen Wolle Doolittle comments in her diary that she "had long row on lake with Richard" (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Sirmione, Italyx
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19137 June1913 June 7. H.D. in Sirmione; Helen Wolle Doolittle notes in her diary that "Richard took me out boating" (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary). Richard Aldington writes postcard to Miss M.M. Aldington from Albergo Eden ([unpubl.] Temple Univ. Lib. transcript).Sirmione, Italy; Albergo Edenx
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191310 June1913 June 10. H.D. in Sirmione; goes out on the lake after dinner with Richard Aldington and Helen Wolle Doolittle--"moonlight & very beautiful" (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Sirmione, Italyx
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191322 June1913 June 22. H.D., Helen Wolle Doolittle, and Richard Aldington leave Sirmione; Aldington travels with them as far as Desenzano del Gardo, the goes on to Paris; H.D. and Helen Wolle Doolittle reyurn to Verona (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Sirmione, Italy; Desenzano del Gardo; Paris, France; Verona, Italyxhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Desenzano01.JPGBy User ChiemseeMan on de.wikipedia [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. 2005.
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191325 June1913 June 25. H.D. in Verona; Charles Leander Doolittle arrives back in Verona; Helen Wolle Doolittle "so so happy!" (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Verona, Italyx
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191329 June1913 June 29. H.D., Charles Leander and Helen Wolle Doolittle see a passion play at a mountain village festival (a religious life of Christ in the Oberammergau tradition) [Helen Wolle Doolittle says it was at Brillegg (?) (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary); H.D. says it was in or near Innsbruck (Autobiographical notes)].Brillegg, Innsbruck?x
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191330 June1913, June 30. H.D., Charles Leander and Helen Wolle Doolittle take the train over the mountains to France [Fulmpec?] where they stay at the Golden Adler Hotel (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Golden Adler Hotel, Francex
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19136 July1913 July 6. H.D. leaves Charles Leander and Helen Wolle Doolittle in the Alps and goes to Paris; Helen Wolle Doolittle comments in her diary: "I know H. will enjoy settling down for a little but we shall miss her" (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).Alps; Paris, Francexhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Matterhorn_reflection.jpgBy Alagna (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. 20 September 2007.
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19133 August - October1913 August 3 (?) - l913 October. H.D. at 6 Church Walk, Kensington. [Ezra Pound at 10 Church Walk; Richard Aldington at 8 Church Walk (Collecott. Notes) (Stock. Life of Ezra Pound, p. 113).6 Church Walk, Kensington, London, Englandhttps://flic.kr/p/63U7zwBy RachelH_ CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)], via Flickr. 27 February 2009.
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19133 August1913 August 3. H.D. apparently back in London; Ezra Pound writes to Dorothy Shakespear that "the Dryad--with no sense of modernity has writ a poem to Tycho the god of little things [not identified by LHS] (EP to DP, p. 238).London, England
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1913Early August1913 August (early?). John Gould Fletcher meets H.D. and Richard Aldington at her flat in Kensington (introduction arranged for by Ezra Pound); H.D. tries to talk Fletcher into letting some of his poems be included in the forthcoming IMAGIST ANTHOLOGY; H.D. discusses her idea of translating one of the plays of Euripides and according to Fletcher was already at work on some of the choruses which she proposed to translate in meters corresponding to the originals (Fletcher, J.G. LIFE IS MY SONG, p. 80-81).Kensington, London, England
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19135 September1913 September 5. H.D. in London; Charles Leander and Helen Wolle Doolittle arrive in the morning; Helen Wolle Doolittle comments in her diary: "met Hilda at once"; in the evening H.D. and Richard Aldington visit the Doolittles (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).London, Englandx
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191319 September1913 September 19. H.D. and Richard Aldington go to Bournemouth; Helen Wolle Doolittle notes in her diary: "Eventful day. Richard & Hilda came for the day to talk over the future. Such a lovely time! & I am happy for them both! ... C. & I met them at the station ... After our talk went to the pier and had our tea there. They left about 6"; Helen Wolle Doolittle further comments that she feels "happy & peaceful" (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary). (Hanscombe & Smyers, WRITING FOR THEIR LIVES, p. 26). This quotation had better be carefully checked against the diary. At this time H.D. and Richard Aldington may have also gone to Corfe Castle (Autobiographical notes). [Note: there is a postcard of "Corfe Castle & Village" from Richard Aldington to one his sisters dated with a holograph "1913" ([unpubl.] Temple Univ. Lib. transcript)].Bournemouth, England; Corfe Castlexhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Corfe_Castle_and_Greyhound_Inn_Dorset_England.jpgBy JimChampion (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. 8 April 2008.
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191323 September1913 September 23. H.D. in London; writes to F.S. Flint, postmarked Kensington; thanks him for gift of Paul Claudel's L'ANNONCE FAITE A MARIE which she found awaiting her when she recently returned from Bournemouth (H.D. to F.S. Flint. CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE, v. 10, no. 4, p. 560). Helen Wolle Doolittle writes to H.D. (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).London, England; Kensington, London, England; Bournemouth, Englandx
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191329 September1913 September 29. H.D. in London; Charles Leander and Helen Wolle Doolittle return from Bournemouth and stay at Kingsway (?) on Guildford Street off Russell Square Kingsway is not listed in the 1910 ed. of Baedeker's Great Britain (p.2-3); the Doolittles met H.D. and Richard Aldington at supper (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary).London, England; Kingsway, Guildford Street, off Russell Squarexhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:06LSE,BBC,Kingsway.jpgBy Umezo KAMATA (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons. 2003. Kingsway.
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191318 October1913 October 18. H.D. and Edward Godfree Aldington married in the registry office of the district of Kensington. Ezra Pound and Helen Wolle Doolittle are witnesses. "Father, mother and Ezra are there" (Autobiographical notes). In her diary, Helen Wolle Doolittle notes: "Hilda married" "Letters to all the family. Hilda wrote most of them" (Zilboorg notes: Helen Wolle Doolittle's Diary). In a letter to Isabel Pound, postmarked on her wedding-day but probably written several days earlier, H.D. writes "I have no definite address at present ... We want to live in Paris but will stay here for a few months. I am at present in 6 Church Walk - most exciting with R.A. two doors above and the great E.P. across the way. -- My mother and father are still here - will return after the fatal day (Collecott notes).Kensington, London, England; 6 Church Walk, London, Englandx
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