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Beatrice Hastings

About Beatrice Hastings: On the Life & Work of a Lost Modern Writer

"A principal member of the 'dark' avant-garde -- the many artists marginalized even from the margins, often because of their social and political extremes -- Beatrice Hastings wielded over a dozen noms de guerre (among them, Beatrice Hastings) and all with searing wit and considerable stylistic precision. And she had opinions -- strong ones -- on everything from motherhood (no) to war (no) to Futurism (maybe) to outrageous hats (definitely). A woman at the head of her time with apassionate commitment to progressive culture, she lived a vigorously and vehemently as possible. Her tone and turns of phrase take us back to the early years of radical European experimentalism with a truly uncommon vivacity.

- Cole Swensen, Brown University

"Beatrice Hastings offers readers of this collection extraordinary insights into the possibilities and onstraints of modernist writing. With her passion for both playful and furious repartee between her many alter egos and print pseudonymes, she embodies the righness and urgancy of early twentieth century print culture. Yet her own voice has been little heard; her self-multiplying strategies have effaced her from modernist culture and history. This terrific collection finally redreses this neglect, and offers fresh perspectives on what it was like to write at the interstices of feminism, modernism, and literature. Hastings's writings range across gender, maternity, eugenics, parody, poetry, and war. She engages with -- and satirizes -- major aspects of early twentieth century culture and social experience. The accompanying contextual essays set Hastings in dialogue with a stellar early-twentieth-century cast, including Virginia Woolf, Ezra Pound, the Women's Social and Political Union, and Katherine Mansfield. She emerges as a maverick figure whose brilliance and venom are senstitvely explored in this collection."

- Lucy Delap, University of Cambridge

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Reading List


The New age; a weekly review of politics, literature and art, No. 1174 New series, Vol. XVI No. 19

The New Age, 11 Mar 1915

"Impressions of Paris" by Alice Morning.

Copies of The New Age have been digitized through The Modernist Journals Project by Brown University & the University of Tulsa.

Defence of Madame Blavatsky, Volume 1

Defence of Madame Blavatsky, 1937

Defence of Madame Blavatsky, Volume 1, by Beatrice Hastings.

Section 1. Madame Blavatsky and the Mahatma Letters.
Section 2. A Note on the "Kiddle Incident".
Section 3. The Mahatma Letters and Messrs. Hare.
Section 4. Mahatma K.H. and A.P. Sinnett.

Defence of Madame Blavatsky is available in the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections at call number BP585.B6.

To find a copy near you check OCLC WorldCat.

<strong><em>Woman's Worst Enemy, Woman</em></strong>

Woman's Worst Enemy, Woman (1909)

Woman's Worst Enemy, Woman by Beatrice Tina.

OCLC Worldcat shows only one known print original of Hastings' (writing as Beatrice Tina) Woman's Worst Enemy, Woman in the U.S. (other institutions have microform copies) in the Wisconsin Historical Society Pamphlet Collection 60-6071. View a scan of that document, now in the public domain, here.

Beatrice Hastings