She was born in Pennsylvania, and studied Greek literature at Bryn Mawr College, but dropped out after three terms. In 1907 she became engaged to the poet Ezra Pound, but the engagement was broken off because of her father's disapproval. However Pound remained an important influence on her work. In 2011 she moved to London.
She had a number of relationships with both men and women, and was married for a time. In 1918 she met Bryher, a wealthy English novelist. Despite both having many other lovers, Bryher and H.D. lived together until 1946, when H.D. moved to Switzerland; they remained in contact until H.D's death.
A member of the "Imagist" group of poets, she wrote many poems and a number of novels. Her poetry often borrowed from Ancient Greek literature and mythology.
- Ida B Nadel, The Cambridge Introduction to Ezra Pound. Cambridge University Press, 2007. page 5. ISBN 978-0-521-63069-6