Bryher (1894-1983) was born in England and spent most of her adult life in Territet, Switzerland, and in London. Her historical novels and memoirs received high critical praise during her lifetime, yet nearly all of her work has been overlooked during the past 30 years. Bryher was the partner of poet H.D., and she was the benefactor of many writers and artists, from Marianne Moore to Walter Benjamin. She was deeply involved in politics, film, and psychoanalysis, as well as literature. She was the publisher of Contact Publishing, Life and Letters Today, and Close Up, and she helped to support the intellectual sanctuary in Paris, Shakespeare and Company.
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