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    Default Palimpsest: H.D. (1926)

    Ugh..I read about a third of the book carefully and skimmed the bulk of it. I wasn't prepared to read such prose and I dare not attempt to give it a review.

    I found it interesting to see passages that closely resembled the events of Howard Carter, referring to events taking place in tomb chambers and "Carnarvons", an obvious reference to Carter.

    The only content I found relating to some secret was a scarab-token, containing something only declared as "not empty". I suppose it was a metaphor for love.

    I think folks who are serious about solving Kryptos might want to take a serious look at the book. If it is the reason for why Sanborn chose the word PALIMPSEST and chose to alter the position of the letters D__H_ as an H.D. hint (I'm not a fan of the D.H. Lawrence theory, though I see there's some amalgamatory factors), then it might be worth considering how such a literary choice might imply something in Kryptos' design.

    The message of K1 is certainly not a quote from that text, though the word illusion is used more times than I cared to count. There's a strong relationship story in the book, but it seems more or less invented/imagined in the mind of the main female character. I'm not sure I really grasped what was going on with my limited handling of it. Maybe we can discuss the book or some of it's reviews in more detail. Is it loosely based on the recent events of Howard Carter's discovery of Tut's tomb? (The book referred to King Amenophis rathern than Tut.)
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    Oh, snap! Now it makes sense. I just discovered HD and her husband were present in Egypt during the opening of King Tuts tomb.
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    correction: she wasn't present, she and her lover Bryher were arriving in Cairo, Egypt on 2/16/1923 excited about the news of King Tut's tomb being opened the next day. H.D. bases a story on those events, titled "Hesperia" according to a Winter 1988 article by Louis Silverstein in the H.D. Newsletter vol.2 no.2.
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    Jacket 38 - Late 2009 - H.D. Feature: H.D.’ s Crucible of Fire, by Nancy McGuire Roche

    I'd like to get ahold of all these stories but it's proving to be difficult.
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