by H.D., edited by Lara Vetter
Near the end of World War II, after staying in London throughout the Blitz, H.D. made a pilgrimage to Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace. This experience resulted in a hybrid volume of poetry about The Tempest and prose about Shakespeare and his contemporaries—a major turning point to the experimental forms of writing that would dominate H.D.’s later works. H.D. called By Avon River “the first book that really made me happy.” Featuring a tour-de-force introduction and extensive explanatory notes, this is the first edition of the work to appear since its original publication in 1949.