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Bryher: Two Novels
Development and Two Selves
Bryher
With an introduction by Joanne Winning


Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiographies


"Highly readable. . . . Offers rare insights into gay life in the first quarter of the twentieth century."—Diana Collecott, University of Durham, author of H.D. and Sapphic Modernism

Bryher (born Annie Winifred Ellerman) is perhaps best known today as the lifelong partner of the poet H.D. She was, however, a central figure in modernist and avant-garde cultural experimentation in the early twentieth century; a prolific producer of poetry, novels, autobiography, and criticism; and an intimate and patron of such modernist artists as Gertrude Stein, Marianne Moore, and Dorothy Richardson. Bryher's own path-breaking writing has remained largely neglected, long out of print, and inaccessible to those interested in her oeuvre. Now, for the first time since their original publication in the early 1920s, two of Bryher's pioneering works of fictionalized autobiography, titled Development and Two Selves, are reprinted in one volume for a new audience of readers, scholars, and critics.

Blending poetry, prose, and autobiographical details, Development and Two Selves together constitute a compelling bildungsroman that is among the first ever to follow a young woman's process of coming out. Through the fictionalized character Nancy, the novels trace Bryher's life through her childhood and young adulthood, giving the reader an account of the development of a unique lesbian, feminist, and modernist consciousness. Development and Two Selves recover significant work by one of the first experimenters of the modernist movement and are a welcome reintroduction of the enigmatic Bryher.

"Bryher's novels have a strong place in the history of lesbian and transgendered writing. This volume is sure to be a useful tool for modernist studies, women's studies, and queer, gay, and lesbian studies."—Susan Stanford Friedman, University of Wisconsin–Madison, author of Mappings: Feminism and the Cultural Geographies of Encounter

"Highly readable. . . . Offers rare insights into gay life in the first quarter of the twentieth century."—Diana Collecott, University of Durham, author of H.D. and Sapphic Modernism

Bryher (Annie Winifred Ellerman) was a poet, novelist, critic, patron, and editor of the film journal Close Up and the literary magazine Life and Letters Today. Joanne Winning is lecturer in twentieth-century literature at the School of Humanities and Cultural Studies, Middlesex University, London.

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November 2000
376 pp.   5 x 7.5

ISBN 0-299-16770-4  
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