Dear Tiny Heart

Dear Tiny Heart: The Letters of Jane Heap and Florence Reynolds

EDITED BY Holly A. Baggett
Copyright Date: 2000
Published by: NYU Press
Pages: 216
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    Dear Tiny Heart
    Book Description:

    Writer, artist, Manhattan gallery owner, and co-editor of the Little Review, Jane Heap was one of the most dynamic figures of the international avant garde, creating a life that defined the "modernist experience" as a syncretic one. Deliberately seeking a low profile throughout her life, Heap has frustrated many scholars interested in her personal life and the extraordinarily vital period in which she lived. Through her correspondence, Heap here reveals her intimate self as well as her more public, creative relationships with some of the legends of modern art, literature, and spirituality. Focusing primarily on the voluminous letters written by Heap to Florence Reynolds, the correspondence included in this volume spans the years from 1908-1949, incorporating additional illuminating letters to Reynolds from other significant figures in Heap's life. Heap's letters reveal the radical transformation of a dreamy, young Midwestern woman into a forceful, sophisticated arbiter of international modernism and provide rare insight into the struggle for lesbian identity and community during the inter-war period. They detail her eventual abandonment of art in the search for the transcendent in the seductive and esoteric mysticism of George Gurdjieff. Holly Baggett's accompanying essay further highlights the boldness of Jane Heap's aesthetics and life.

    eISBN: 978-0-8147-2300-5
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-x)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. xi-xii)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xiii-xvi)
  4. Note on the Text
    (pp. xvii-xviii)
  5. Introduction
    (pp. 1-20)

    The letters of Jane Heap and Florence Reynolds, dating from 1908 to 1945, illuminate a brief love affair and lifelong friendship between two women whose bond demonstrates the nexus of sexuality, art, and spirituality for members of the international bohemia during the interwar period.

    Jane Heap (1883–1964) is one of the most neglected contributors to the transmission of modernism between America and Europe during the early twentieth century. As coeditor with Margaret C. Anderson of theLittle Review(1914–1929), one of the most important “little magazines” of the era, Heap was a promoter of nearly every international avant-garde...

  6. Dear Tiny Heart:: The Letters of Jane Heap and Florence Reynolds
  7. Notes
    (pp. 175-186)
  8. Index
    (pp. 187-196)
  9. About the Editor
    (pp. 197-198)