Dear Tiny Heart: The Letters of Jane Heap and Florence by Holly Baggett

By Holly Baggett

Writer, artist, big apple gallery proprietor, and co-editor of the Little Review, Jane Heap used to be probably the most dynamic figures of the foreign avant garde, making a existence that outlined the "modernist adventure" as a syncretic one. intentionally looking a low profile all through her existence, Heap has pissed off many students attracted to her own lifestyles and the terribly very important interval within which she lived. via her correspondence, Heap the following finds her intimate self in addition to her extra public, inventive relationships with many of the legends of recent artwork, literature, and spirituality. Focusing totally on the voluminous letters written via Heap to Florence Reynolds, the correspondence integrated during this quantity spans the years from 1908-1949, incorporating extra illuminating letters to Reynolds from different major figures in Heap's life.

Heap's letters demonstrate the novel transformation of a dreamy, younger Midwestern lady right into a forceful, subtle arbiter of overseas modernism and supply infrequent perception into the fight for lesbian identification and group throughout the inter-war interval. They aspect her eventual abandonment of paintings within the look for the transcendent within the seductive and esoteric mysticism of George Gurdjieff. Holly Baggett's accompanying essay additional highlights the arrogance of Jane Heap's aesthetics and life.

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