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|Born||Kathryn Cavarly Hulme
July 6, 1900
San Francisco, California
|Died||August 25, 1981
Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii
|Spouse(s)||Leonard D. Geldert (1925-1928)|
|Partner(s)||Marie Louise Habets (1905-1986)[circular reference]|
Kathryn Hulme (July 6, 1900 - August 25, 1981) was an American author and memoirist most noted for her novel The Nun's Story. The book is often, mistakenly, understood to be semi-biographical.
Another work, The Undiscovered Country: A Spiritual Adventure published by Little, Brown & Co. was a description of her years as a student of mystic G. I. Gurdjieff and her eventual conversion to Catholicism. Hulme studied with Gurdjieff as part of a group of women known as "The Rope", which included eight members in all: Jane Heap, Elizabeth Gordon, Solita Solano, Margaret Caroline Anderson, Louise Davidson and Alice Rohrer, besides them.
She is also the author of Wild Place, a description of her experiences as the UNRRA Director of the Polish Displaced Persons (DP) camp at Wildflecken, Germany, after WWII. This work won the Atlantic Non-Fiction Award in 1952.
It was at Wildflecken that Hulme met a Belgian nurse and former nun named Marie Louise Habets, who became her lifelong companion. The Nun's Story is a slightly fictionalized biographical account of Habets' life as a nun.
No one questions that adults and children see the world differently. The former strive for understanding; the latter are captured by wonder—even in the aftermath of a natural disaster. In her 1938 fictionalized autobiography "We Lived as Children," San Francisco native Kathryn Hulme captured this difference, as her persona tells of watching San Francisco burn after the tragic 1906 earthquake.
- Arab Interlude, Macrae Smith Company (Philadelphia), 1930
- Desert Night, The Macauley Company (New York), 1932
- We lived as children, A.A. Knopf (New York, London), 1938 (LCCN: 38027542, ASIN: B000GBZZIU)
- The Nun's Story, Pocket Books, 1958 (ASIN: B000CBFXYA)
- The Undiscovered Country: A Spiritual Adventure, Little, Brown & Co. (Boston USA/Toronto CA), 1967; reprinted (Natural Bridge Editions: Lexington MA, 1997) (ISBN 1-891218-03-4)
- Look A Lion In the Eye: On Safari Through Africa, Little, Brown & Co. First edition (1974) (ISBN 0316381403)
- Monica Baldwin
- Marie Louise Habets
- G. I. Gurdjieff
- Jane Heap
- Solita Solano
- Margaret Caroline Anderson
- The Rope gurdjieff-legacy.org.
- Kathryn Hulme Papers Digital collection at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University
- Kathryn Hulme Papers, Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
- "Too Much to Watch," short radio segment from We Lived as Children at California Legacy Project.
- Works by or about Kathryn Hulme in libraries (WorldCat catalog)