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Ezra Pound Papers, The Cantos



Size: 0.25 linear feet

Provenance: Received from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Washington D.C., 1957

Access: Open

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Completed by: Brenna Dugan, March 11, 2007


Biographical/Historical Sketch


            Ezra Pound (1885-1972) was an American poet who was a prominent figure in the 20th century. He was part of the modernist movement which included James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, H.D., William Carlos Williams and numerous others. The modernists were interested in experimental literary forms that differed from the previous generation of poets. Pound was also an essayist, editor, critic and translator.

            The Cantos is a series of 120 poems which are considered to be Pound’s epic masterpiece. These poems combine ancient and modern history with Pound’s own experience. They touch on themes like culture and economics. The Chinese language and several European languages are used in parts of The Cantos. The multiple languages, along with a wide number of themes and cultural references make this poem extremely wide in scope.

            This collection comes from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for the Criminally Insane, where Pound stayed from 1946-1958


Scope and Content Note

The Ezra Pound Papers, The Cantos contains two books, letters and manuscripts which are typescripts, photocopies and/or carbon copies. Additionally, there is a fragment of a typed outline of Cantos LII-LXXI.



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Copies of notes on Works of John Adams, uncatalogued copies of a late Pound manuscript and a draft of a letter to T.S. Eliot



Copies of The Cantos manuscript



Two letters from 1957. They are both to Seymour Lawrence, the editor/director of Atlantic Monthly from 1952-1964. In one letter he is addressed by Pound as “S.L.” and in the other, he is called “Mr. Lawrence



Fragment of outline of Cantos LII-LXXI



Carbon typescripts of Cantos LXXIX-LXXXI



Carbon typescript of Canto 98



Ezra Pound’s Pennsylvania by Noel Stock



Pound Lecture by Marshall McLuhan


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