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This first collection of Moore's poems was published without her knowledge by Hilda Doolittle (H.D.), Winifred Ellerman McAlmon (Bryher), and Robert McAlmon for Egoist Press. It earned a lukewarm reception from critics. Three years later, Moore would be able to publish a collection of her own design that was received much more positively, Observations. (Dictionary of Literary Biography)

This first volume of poetry published by the American modernist writer William Carlos Williams bears no relation to his mature style exemplified in poems such as "The Red Wheelbarrow" and "This is Just to Say." In his autobiography, Williams recalls that "the poems were bad Keats, nothing else—oh well, bad Whitman. But I sure loved them" (107). In fact, Williams loved them enough to pay his…