H.D.’s Art of Failure | The New Yorker

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Hilda Doolittle (H.D.).Photograph from The Bettmann Archive / Getty

Hilda Doolittle, destined for fame as the poet H.D., was fifteen years old when, at a Halloween party in West Philadelphia, she met a brash teen-ager named Ezra Pound. As H.D.’s biographer Barbara Guest tells it, Doolittle was a tall,

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