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Kenneth Macpherson
(March 27, 1902 - June 14, 1971) U.K.

Kenneth Macpherson



A painter, filmmaker and later novelist, Macpherson was the strongly opinioned editor of the international magazine 'devoted to film as art' Close Up (1927-33). His three short films were followed by the feature film Borderline, made with the poet Hilda Doolittle and his wife (and Close Up's publisher/financier) Bryher. His involvement with the magazine and Bryher ended in 1933, but in New York he co-produced Hans Richter's film Dreams That Money Can Buy 1944, before retiring in 1947 to life as a writer in Italy. He died in Italy in 1971.

Hilda Doolittle seems to have fallen in love with him, though Macpherson was evidently exclusively homosexual, with a particular delight in young black men. In 1927, the now divorced Bryher married Macpherson, and Perdita Aldington (as H.D.'s child was known) was adopted into the ménage à trois.


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