The Poetess Who Lost Her Lover to Crowley’s Literary Executor

For those of y’all who find investigating the general milieu a Prophet/ess, Priest/ess or King/Queen arose in to better understand their later actions and pronouncements the history and work of Hilda Doolittle might be over interest. Born in 1886, dying in 1961, there are a number of interesting overlaps with the life of one Alexander Crowley. Born into the relatively exotic and convervative “Moravian” religious community in Bethelehem, PA should would rebel against convention, make a name for herself as a poet and peer of poets like Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, William Butler Yeats, William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, and the Sitwells: and novelists such as D.H. Lawrence, Dorothy Richardson, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, Colette, May Sinclair, Djuna Barnes, and William Faulkner.  Many of her poems had a mystical tone and celebration Pagan deities.  As she began to come to terms with her bisexuality, she lost her lover Francis Gregg to one Louis Wilkinson, a gent who’s own literary acquaintances included young Alexander, by then publishing under the name “Aleister.” Wilkinson would eventually become Crowley’s literary executor.

Here’s a biographical sketch of Doolittle:

Frater Lux Ad Mundi

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