Richard Aldington

Richard Aldington (ôl´dĬngtən), 1892–1962, English poet and novelist. While studying at the Univ. of London, he became acquainted with Ezra Pound and H. D. (Hilda Doolittle), whom he married in 1913. He was one of the leading imagists and helped edit the Egoist, the principal imagist organ. His early poems, extraordinary in their verbal precision, were published under the title Images (1915). Images of War and Images of Desire followed in 1919, the latter marking a departure from pure imagism. Aldington's first novel, Death of a Hero (1929), was a bitter indictment of war. It was followed by The Colonel's Daughter (1931), equally biting in its satiric intent. Aldington was at his best when in an angry state of artistic and intellectual rebellion; experiments with milder satire proved less effective. After World War II he published little poetry. His most important work was in biography—Wellington (1946); Portrait of a Genius, But … (1950), a study of D. H. Lawrence; Lawrence of Arabia (1955), a harshly critical portrait of T. E. Lawrence; and Portrait of a Rebel: the Life and Work of Robert Louis Stevenson (1957).

See his autobiographical Life for Life's Sake (1941); study by N. T. Gates (1974).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Complete Poems of Richard Aldington
Richard Aldington.
A. Wingate, 1948
Life for Life's Sake: A Book of Reminiscences
Richard Aldington.
The Viking Press, 1941
Lawrence of Arabia: A Biographical Enquiry
Richard Aldington.
Collins, 1955
D. H. Lawrence: An Indiscretion
Richard Aldington.
University of Washington Book Store, 1927
Richard Aldington: An Intimate Portrait
Alister Kershaw; Frédéric-Jacques Temple.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1965
The Censored Language of War: Richard Aldington's Death of a Hero and Three Other War Novels of 1929
Willis Jr., J. H.
Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 45, No. 4, Winter 1999
Imagism & the Imagists: A Study in Modern Poetry
Glenn Hughes.
Biblo and Tannen, 1972
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