Professor edits new book featuring work by American author H.D.

Annette Debo, professor of English at Western Carolina University, wrote the introduction and edited a new book of short stories and poems by author H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) titled “Within the Walls and What Do I Love?”

Cover of "Within the Walls and What Do I Love?"Debo wrote a 104-page introduction situating H.D.’s writing in World War II. “Using archival research, I offer new information about her life in the context of the war,” said Debo.

She details H.D.’s arrival in London from Switzerland in 1939 and follows her to the end of the war in May 1945. The introduction addresses Britain’s declaration of war and the “Phoney War,” the Battle of Dunkirk and Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the Battle of Britain and the Blitz, realities of life in London, women’s war work, concentration camps and refugees, the role of art during wartime, the conscription of women, the Women’s Land Army, rationing, a reading by famous poets, D-Day, the liberation of Paris, and V-E Day and the coming of spring, said Debo.

Published by the University Press of Florida, the book was released Sept. 9.

Debo also is the author of “The American H.D.” and co-editor of “Approaches to Teaching H.D.’s Poetry and Prose.”

For more information, contact Debo at adebo@wcu.edu or 828-227-3934.