Bryher was born in England and spent most of her adult life in Switzerland and in London. Her numerous novels and memoirs received high critical praise during her lifetime. However, nearly all of her work has been neglected during the past thirty years. Bryher was the partner of H.D., and she was the benefactor of many writers and thinkers, from Marianne Moore to Walter Benjamin. She was deeply involved in politics, film, and psychology, as well as literature. In addition to writing prolifically, she was the publisher of Contact Publishing, Life and Letters Today, and Close Up, and she helped to support the intellectual sanctum, Shakespeare and Company.