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Pilate's Wife: Novel

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Veronica—Pontius Pilate's wife—is beautiful, brilliant, and weary of a life spent in her boudoir and the Roman court. When one of her lovers sends her disguised as a servant to a seer, she feels suddenly alive, experiencing "sudden pre-visions of inner splendor." The seer, Mnevis, arouses the artist, the dreamer in her, eventually telling her of a Jew, a "love-god," who be ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 17th 2000 by New Directions (first published June 2000)
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The story is told from the perspective of Pilate's wife, Claudia Procula, though H.D. wanted to use Veronica as the wife instead. Having visited a seer, Mnevis, Veronica turns her life around and attempts to convince her husband to release Jesus. Pilate, of course, ignores her words and her warnings.

As H.D. admits openly in the first page or so, this is not a new story that she tells. Her point was to take a woman from the Bible that is mentioned almost in
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An innovative modernist writer, Hilda Doolittle (1886–1961) wrote under her initials in a career that stretched from 1909 to 1961. Although she is most well known for her poetry—lyric and epic—H.D. also wrote novels, memoirs, short stories, essays, reviews, a children’s book, and translations. An American woman who lived her adult life abroad, H.D. was engaged in the formalist experimentation that ...more
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