Robert Ferguson has written a wonderfully condensed and considered life of the writer and theorist T E Hulme which supersedes anything else you might have read about Hulme before. Too bad Hugh Kenner isn't around to make use of the material that Ferguson has dredged up. Though no full length volume by Hulme had been published or even in the works when he died, sympathetic friends pushed one forward and SPECULATIONS, a selected works, became one of the key texts of the emergent movement he himself labelled, "Modernism." Along the way he helped to found Vorticism and Imagism, and became one of Ezra Pound's cornerstones, a trusted friend, and a bitter enemy of Wyndham Lewis, who attacked poor Hulme in a knockdown dragout fight worthy of a mid-period John Wayne movie.
In a way the book is also the biography of Hulme's last love, the milliner Kate Lechmere, who served as a handmaiden to modernism and who elicited some pretty wild letters from Hulme, from the trenches and elsewhere, which are now at the Harry Ransom HR Center at Austin in Texas, where all good things go when their owners die. You'll like reading the story of Kate Lechmere as a kind of added bonus to this book.