Further Reading

An Imagist at War: The Complete War Poems of Richard Aldington
edited by Michael Copp, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2002
Richard Aldington and H.D.: their lives in letters, 1918-1961
edited by Caroline Zilboorg, Manchester University Press, 2003
The text of the new Penguin Classics edition of Death of a Hero is the (expurgated) text published in 1929. If you would like to read the much rawer, unexpurgated version, try to get hold of this 1985 Hogarth Press edition.
The Verse Revolutionaries: Ezra Pound, H.D. and the Imagists, Helen Carr, Jonathan Cape, 2009.
This is a lively and fascinating group biography of the Imagists, that turbulent and colourful group of poets, British and American, male and female, who came together in London in the years before the First World War.
The Colonel’s Daughter, Richard Aldington, 1931
Like Death of a Heron:, this frank, satirical but moving story of a young unmarried middle-class woman living in the home counties in the 1920s brought heavy censure from critics and reviewers and was banned by the lending libraries. Out of print, but second-hand copies available.
Women Must Work, Richard Aldington, 1934
In his fourth novel, Aldington once again examined the plight of a young unmarried woman in the 1920s, but this time his heroine fights against the restrictions imposed upon her – with not altogether positive results. Out of print, but second-hand copies available.
Wellington, Being an Account of the Life and Achievements of Arthur Wellesley, First Duke of Wellington, Richard Aldington, 1946
First published in the USA during the Second World War (as The Duke), Aldington’s very readable biography of this particular hero was rather better received than his biography of T.E. Lawrence, a decade later. It was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography. Out of print, but second-hand copies available.
Richard Aldington and Lawrence of Arabia: A Cautionary Tale, Fred Crawford, University of Southern Illinois Press, 1998
Crawford tells the whole incredible story of Aldington’s battle with publishers, critics, the Lawrence ‘bureau’ and the political and literary establishments, and of the irremediable damage the book did to his career, health and reputation.