Literary Essays of Ezra Pound (Google eBook)

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New Directions Publishing, 1968 - Literary Collections - 464 pages
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For this definitive collection of Pound's Literary Essays, his friend (and English editor) T. S. Eliot chose material from five earlier volumes: Pavannes and Divisions (1918), Instigations (1920), How to Read (1931), Make It New (1934), and Polite Essays (1937). 33 pieces are arranged in three groups: "The Art of Poetry," "The Tradition," and "Contemporaries." Eliot wrote in his introduction: "I hope that this volume will demonstrate that Pound's literary criticism is the most important contemporary criticism of its kind . . perhaps the kind we can least afford to do without . . . the refreshment, the revitalization and making new' of literature in our time."
  

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Review: Literary Essays of Ezra Pound

User Review  - Wes Zickau - Goodreads

It is not necessary to read the whole book. In fact, I discourage reading much of his criticism (Parts 2 and 3) unless one reads the criticized first, with some exceptions. Even if you haven't read ... Read full review

Review: Literary Essays of Ezra Pound

User Review  - Michael Volpi - Goodreads

Experiencing this book has been an education, for which I am immensely grateful. My fascination and curiosity of Pound have increased markedly; I feel as if I can finally 'dig in' and appreciate this man's enigmatic works, instead of remaining intimidated to the point of repulsion. Read full review

Contents

A Retrospect
13
The Serious Artist
41
The Teachers Mission
58
The Constant Preaching to the Mob
64
Date Line
74
The Tradition
91
Arnaut Daniel
109
Cavalcanti
149
The Rev G Crabbe ll b
274
Irony Laforgue and some Satire
280
Swinburne versus his Biographers
290
Lionel Johnson
361
The Prose Tradition in Verse page
371
H Lawrence
387
Ulysses
403
T S Eliot
418

Hell
201
The Renaissance
214
Notes on Elizabethan Classicists
227
Early Translators
249
Arnold Dolmetsch
431
Index
447
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About the author (1968)

New Directions has been the primary publisher of Ezra Pound in the U.S. since the founding of the press when James Laughlin published New Directions in Prose and Poetry 1936. That year Pound was fifty-one. In Laughlin s first letter to Pound, he wrote: Expect, please, no fireworks. I am bourgeois-born (Pittsburgh); have never missed a meal. . . . But full of noble caring for something as inconceivable as the future of decent letters in the US. Little did Pound know that into the twenty-first century the fireworks would keep exploding as readers continue to find his books relevant and meaningful.

T. S. Eliot (1888 1965) was one of the fathers of modernism and a defining voice in English-language poetry. He is the author of some of the best known poems in the English language, including "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," The Waste Land, "Ash Wednesday," and Four Quartets. The leading poet of the modernist avant-garde, Eliot radically reimagined the possibilities for literature in the twentieth century and beyond, and was also renowned as a playwright and as a literary and social critic. Eliot's books of criticism include The Sacred Wood, while his theatrical works include Murder in the Cathedral. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948.

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