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The Hedgehog
 
 
Author
H.D. George Plank, illus. Perdita Schaffner, intro.
Publisher New Directions  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.75 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9780811210690
Pages/Publication Date 77/1988
Daedalus Item Code 23906
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Only 300 copies of this gem of a novel for children of all ages (and not a few adults) by the poet Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) were printed when it was originally published in 1936, and its charm truly stems from her quicksilver creation of a child's world. The Hedgehog is the story of Madge, a fatherless Anglo-American child living with her mother in Switzerland, safe from the approach of World War II whose early concerns—her desire to walk barefoot, to climb the sheerest goat paths up mountainsides, and to learn (without letting on to her ignorance) about the mysterious hérissons (hedgehogs)—are soon supplanted by more adult woes. This lovely little volume includes an introduction by H.D.'s daughter, Perdita Schaffner, who writes that she "can't imagine this book without George [Plank's] added vision, the wit and warm of his illustrations" that "capture every nuance."

"Wonderful … her story—which was, appropriately, written for her daughter, Perdita—is a paradigm of a uniquely female quest for maturation that would also concern H.D. in her most ambitious poetic narratives."—Contemporary Literature

 
 
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