Mary Butts: Scenes from the Life--A Biography

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A distinctive and original voice within the Modernist movement, the English novelist Mary Butts was a prodigy of style, learning and energy, whose work compared with Katherine Mansfield, D.H. Lawrence and T.S. Eliot, and was championed by Pound, Robert McAlmon, Ford Madox Ford, and others.

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Mary Butts fraternized with Hemingway, was courted by Virgil Thompson, and lived a wild life in the Paris of the 1920, where some in the modernist movement considered her a better writer than Katherine Mansfield. But Mary Butts is not a familiar literary name, and even during her own life, her writings remained obscure, spiraling further into oblivion following her premature death in 1937. Biographer Nathalie Blondel resurrects the forgotten life of Mary Butts in this rare biography. Butts's writings may have fallen into a literary no man's land, but her life story was luckily preserved through her meticulously written memoirs, letters, and the testaments from her better known acquaintances. Blondel allows these sources to speak for themselves in this biography. Butts is revealed as a highly complex and difficult woman who despised her mother, abandoned her child, and was obsessed with expensive art. She experimented with opium and was fascinated with the supernatural. This fascination is reflected in several of her works including the mythical short story collection From Altar to Chimney-Piece. Yet Butts's works never gained more than a small following. Blondel doesn't obsess over the "hows" and "whys" of Butts's failure to reach the same levels of literary notoriety as Virginia Woolf and James Joyce. Yet it is Butts's image as a lost writer which remains with us. This is sad testament to an important literary figure.

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Nathalie Blondel was born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1960 and grew up in Colchester, Essex. She was educated at Colchester Girl's High School and Liverpool University, where she completed a doctorate in 1989 on the fiction of Mary Butts and the American writer Jane Bowles. Subsequently she has edited three of Jane Bowles's unpublished stories in collaboration with Paul Bowles, and has worked as a writer and translator: her subjects have included Jean Cocteau, Arthur Symons, Frances Bellerby, Patrick Hamilton, and Jocelyn Brooks, as well as Mary Butts. Nathalie Blondel currently is Research Fellow in Modern Literature and Lecturer at Oxford Brookes.

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