Ezra Pound

Standard Name: Pound, Ezra
EP , American poet, critic, editor, translator, and key figure in the literary modernist movement, lived in London from 1908 to 1921, in Paris from 1921 to 1924, and then in Italy until the end of the Second World War. His vociferous, antisemitic support for Italian fascism earned him thirteen years in a US hospital for the criminally insane. He worked from 1917 until near the end of his life on his massive and generically multiple epic poem Cantos, which he published in serial fragments.


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Cultural formation H. D.
HD's interest in spiritualism is perhaps traceable to her Moravian background as well as to the yogi books given to her by Ezra Pound when she was a teenager. During the Second World War she...
death May Sinclair
She was cremated after her funeral on 18 November at the chapel in Golders Green Cemetery. Her ashes were buried in Hampstead churchyard.
Boll, Theophilus E. M. Miss May Sinclair: Novelist: A Biographical and Critical Introduction. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.
In a will made almost thirty years before she died...
Education H. D.
HD withdrew from Bryn Mawr for health reasons after suffering an emotional breakdown. Other factors too may have played a part: she was in the midst of a turbulent relationship with Ezra Pound and she...
Education Adrienne Rich
Here she was introduced to the poetry of Donne , Yeats , Eliot , Pound , Frost , Thomas , MacNeice , Stevens , and Ginsberg .
Yorke, Liz. Adrienne Rich: Passion, Politics, and the Body. Sage.
Rich enjoyed her time at Radcliffe, though...
Family and Intimate relationships H. D.
H. D. and Ezra Pound were introduced at a Hallowe'en party in Pennsylvania.
Robinson, Janice S. H.D.: The Life and Work of an American Poet. Houghton Mifflin.
Family and Intimate relationships W. B. Yeats
Within a few months of proposing marriage to Maud Gonne 's daughter Iseult (as he had formerly proposed to to Gonne herself) WBY married (on 20 October 1917, at the age of fifty-two) Georgie Hyde-Lees
Family and Intimate relationships Q. D. Leavis
Though both husband and wife were to influential, F. R. Leavis became one of the leading literary critics of the twentieth century. A dynamic speaker and teacher, he was known for his uncompromising, exclusive, often...
Family and Intimate relationships Mary Butts
Her accounts of her marriage were disingenuous in several respects. She described it as one of those War-marriages between very young people,
Blondel, Nathalie. Mary Butts: Scenes from the Life. McPherson & Company.
which was hardly accurate when she was at the time twenty-seven. Rodker...
Family and Intimate relationships Fay Weldon
During her marriage she and Edgar entertained the literary and avant-garde world: she later regaled her grand-daughter with irreverent stories of Joseph Conrad , Jean Rhys (Such a louche young woman),
Weldon, Fay. Auto da Fay. Flamingo.
Ford Madox Ford
Fictionalization Florence Farr
Ezra Pound refers to FF in Canto XXVIII as Loica (i.e. Shaw's Louka): So Loica went out and died there [Ceylon] / After her time in the post-Ibsen movement.
Pound, Ezra. The Cantos of Ezra Pound. New Directions.
Several critics believe Farr...
Fictionalization Natalie Clifford Barney
In 1912-13, NCB 's fame was bolstered by a series of essays addressed to her by Remy de Gourmont entitled Lettres à l'Amazone, published in the Paris literary magazine Mercure de France.
Rood, Karen Lane, editor. Dictionary of Literary Biography 4. Gale Research.
Friends, Associates Nancy Cunard
Her boredom with this life (her mother's social milieu) was something that she shared with her friend Iris Tree , also a poet. Despite her antipathy towards it, this life presented her with important literary...
Friends, Associates Anna Wickham
In ParisAW also met Sylvia Beach and Djuna Barnes , among others.
Hepburn, James, and Anna Wickham. “Preface”. The Writings of Anna Wickham, Free Woman and Poet, edited by Reginald Donald Smith and Reginald Donald Smith, Virago Press, p. xix - xxiii.
A brief encounter with Ezra Pound inspired the poem Song to Amidon.
Wickham, Anna. “Introduction”. Selected Poems, edited by David Garnett, Chatto and Windus, pp. 7-11.
Wickham also had a long-lasting friendship with Nina Hamnett .
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Bishop
Important among EB 's friendships were those with Marianne Moore (whom she met in March 1934 while she was still at college and learned a lot from in her early years in New York, but...
Friends, Associates Phyllis Bottome
PB was introduced to Ezra Pound (as half American) by May Sinclair at one of her parties in London.
Bottome, Phyllis. The Challenge. Harcourt, Brace and Company.


1907: Alfred Richard Orage and Holbrook Jackson...

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Alfred Richard Orage and Holbrook Jackson acquired the weekly reviewNew Age (founded in 1894).
Kindley, Evan. “Ismism”. London Review of Books, Vol.
, No. 2, pp. 33-5.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. http://www.oxforddnb.com/.
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1 January 1913: Harold Monro opened the Poetry Bookshop at...

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1 January 1913

Harold Monro opened the Poetry Bookshop at 35 Devonshire Street (now Boswell Street) in Bloomsbury.

2 July 1914: The first issue of the magazine Blast, edited...

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2 July 1914

The first issue of the magazine Blast, edited by Wyndham Lewis , formally announced the arrival of Vorticism, an avant-garde movement in art.

20 July 1915: The second and final issue of Wyndham Lewis's...

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20 July 1915

The second and final issue of Wyndham Lewis 's Vorticist magazine, Blast, included artwork and literary pieces by Helen Saunders , Jessie Dismorr , and Dorothy Shakespear , along with poems by Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot .


Pound, Ezra. A Draft of the Cantos 17-27 of Ezra Pound. John Rodker, 1928.
Pound, Ezra. A Draft of XVI Cantos of Ezra Pound. Three Mountains Press, 1925.
Pound, Ezra. A Draft of XXX Cantos. Hours Press, 1930.
Pound, Ezra. A Lume Spento. A. Antonini, 1908.
Pound, Ezra. Cantos LII-LXXI. New Directions, 1940.
Pound, Ezra. Canzoni. Elkin Mathews, 1911.
Pound, Ezra. Drafts & Fragments of Cantos CX-CXVII. New Directions, 1968.
Pound, Ezra. Eleven New Cantos, XXXI-XLI. Farrar and Rinehart, 1934.
H. D., and Ezra Pound. End to Torment. Editors Pearson, Norman Holmes and Michael King, New Directions, 1979.
Pound, Ezra. Hugh Selwyn Mauberley. Ovid Press, 1920.
Pound, Ezra. Poems 1918-21. Boni and Liveright, 1921.
Pound, Ezra. Section: Rock-Drill. All’Insegna del Pesce D’Oro, 1955.
Confucius,. Ta Hio: The Great Learning. Editor Pound, Ezra, University of Washington Book Store, 1928.
Pound, Ezra. The Cantos of Ezra Pound. New Directions, 1948.
Pound, Ezra. The Fifth Decad of Cantos. Faber and Faber, 1937.
Pound, Ezra. The Pisan Cantos. James Laughlin, 1948.
Pound, Ezra. “Three Cantos”. Poetry, A Magazine of Verse, edited by Harriet Monroe.
Pound, Ezra. Thrones. All’Insegna del Pesce D’Oro, 1959.