Mary Butts


Born
in Poole, Dorset, England, The United Kingdom
December 13, 1890

Died
March 05, 1937

Genre

Influences


Mary Francis Butts was a modernist writer whose work found recognition in important literary magazines of the time, as well as from some of her fellow modernists, T. S. Eliot, Hilda Dolittle, and Bryher. After her death, her works fell into obscurity until they began to be republished in the 1980s.

Butts was a student of the occultist Aleister Crowley, and as one of several students who worked with him on his Magick (Book 4) in 1912, she was given co-author credit. She was married to poet, publisher, and pacifist John Rodker from 1918 to 1927; their daughter, Camilla, was born in 1920.

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Armed With Madness

3.54 avg rating — 56 ratings — published 1928 — 2 editions
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The Taverner Novels: Armed ...

3.86 avg rating — 49 ratings — published 1992 — 2 editions
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Ashe of Rings, and Other Wr...

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The Crystal Cabinet: My Chi...

4.30 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 1937 — 2 editions
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The Classical Novels (Recov...

4.11 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 1994 — 2 editions
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From Altar to Chimney-Piece...

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The Journals of Mary Butts

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Scenes from the Life of Cle...

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A Bloomsbury e altri racconti

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Imaginary letters

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“All night the earth and the heavens followed their usual arrangements. Stars passed: an immense tide hung over them. A silent sea raced back with the sun, its wave turn-over small, delicate and comfortless. The most glorious of all stars hung above the sun's threshold and went out. An hour later the sun governed the earth again, mist-chasing, flower-opening, bird-rousing, ghost-driving, spirit-shepherding back out the various gates of sleep.”
Mary Butts, The Taverner Novels: Armed with Madness and Death of Felicity Taverner

“Armed with madness, I go on a long voyage.”
Mary Butts, The Taverner Novels: Armed with Madness and Death of Felicity Taverner

“He turned to her - his gesture a superb compound of relief, remorse, passionate candour and bewilderment touched with curiosity; confidence and perfect penitence. Against which Scylla had to brace herself. Against such bravura how dull truth seemed, and difficult to access. Never had the bottom of a well seemed less attractive. She must hear him first. She could go down later.”
Mary Butts, The Taverner Novels: Armed with Madness and Death of Felicity Taverner