The Mystery, completed in 1951, represents an interlude in H.D.’s postwar prose. By the 1950s, H.D.’s interest in global affairs began to diminish, and The Mystery returns to a more utopic sensibility in its quest for a world free of war and to a renewed faith in the supernatural. Bringing together a trickster figure, the magician, with the descendants of the Moravian movement, The Mystery very much straddles a divide in her career, and this chapter traces the ways in which the text draws on many of the devices and themes of Sword and White Rose—the critique of narrative, the use of historical fiction as genre, the time traveling narrator—but from a more hopeful perspective that re-privileges the transcendent feminine presence that readers encountered in her Trilogy.
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