Mary Butts, Ashe of Rings

Andrew Radford (University of Glasgow)
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Ashe of Rings

, Mary Butts’ first published novel, which she described in 1933 as ‘a flop’ in terms of critical and popular reception (


, p. 429), offers researchers an instructive glimpse into the formal and conceptual intricacies of her later

Taverner Novels – Armed with Madness

(1928) and

Death of Felicity Taverner

(1932). Although Mary Butts completed a draft of

Ashe of Rings

in 1919, it proved a struggle to clinch the campaigning endorsement of Anglo-American literary patrons, even after the 1921

Little Review

published excerpts from the text (see Blondel, 1997). It is uncertain as to why

The Little Review

did not to release the entire novel. However, clues might be found in the 1921 correspondence between Ezra Pound and Margaret Anderson, which imply a combination of…

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Citation: Radford, Andrew. "Ashe of Rings". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 March 2024 [, accessed 13 April 2024.]

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