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Ezra Pound: Poet - A Portrait of the Man and His Work, Vol. 1: The Young Genius 1885-1920 Hardcover – November 24, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (November 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019921557X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199215577
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.9 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Moody treats his subject and the facts with great respect and precision...his mastery of his subject is impressive, and Pound's life story does not fail to fascinate."--Mary Dixie Carter, Philadelphia Inquirer


"Moody knows more about Pound's poetry than porbably anyone else alive, and supplies careful, detailed readings of all the early books."--Charles McGrath, The New York Times


"Moody does a fine job of setting forth the many complexities embodied by the great contrarians life and work. Moody purposes to create a comprehensive critical biography and succeeds admirably."--Jessie James, Los Angeles Times


"David Moody makes a strong case for Pound's 'generous energy' and the 'disruptive, regenerative force of his genius.'"--The Economist


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A. David Moody is Professor Emeritus of the University of York and the author of the acclaimed Thomas Stearns Eliot: Poet.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn M. Grassi on April 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
EZRA POUND: POET
A Portrait of the Man & His Work
Volume I The Young Genius 1885-1920
by A. David Moody
Oxford University Press, 2007

As an admirer of A. David Moody's outstanding book, T.S. Eliot: Poet, I eagerly picked up his Ezra Pound: Poet, Volume l. Once again, Moody is a masterful guide-- this time illuminating in detail the evolution of the young Pound as poet of the famed "Cantos." A fascinating pleasurable read for sure thanks to Moody's fine prose and brilliant insights. We travel, as it were, into Pound's intensely self-confident readings and studies of poetry in his Pennsylvania college years. Learn how Pound thought of himself as a future inventor of a new kind of poetry via Pound's uniquely self-directed study, or apprenticeship to the works of the troubadours, Browning, Yeats, Homer, Sextus Propertius, Confucius, Li Po, Rihaku, Calvalcanti and primarily of Dante. Also, Moody situates Pound in the places influencing his future writings-- his American origins, his times in Paris and southern France and primarily, in this Volume I, Pound's years in England. For in London Pound's experiments in poetry, his drawing on currents from the above mentioned writers, will help create such movements in poetry itself, as Imagisime and Vorticism.

Moody presents Pound, the eclectic conversationalist, colorfully dressed figure, the boundlessly generous friend on behalf of other writers (Yeats, Joyce, Eliot). He is seen as constantly appealing to patrons, as John Quinn of New York, for financial support for other artists. Bluntly outspoken, as well, Pound confronts any writer, publisher or critic, he considered out-of-date obstacles to the emerging new poetry. His conviction that the arts will transform the world was unswerving.
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By Henry Porter on October 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
That is to say, it is a biography that any practicing poet should read, particularly young poets... and middle-aged poets... and old poets. And especially poets who love Pound and poets who hate Pound (and, it goes without saying, that substantial group of poets who both love and hate Pound).

I read this exceptional biography side-by-side with the Library of America's Ezra Pound: Poems and Translations (Ezra Pound Translations Library America which I would highly recommend, particularly as a method of approaching Pound's early verse. I got so much out of Volume 1 of this biography that I am actually anxious lest something untoward happen to A. David Moody before he can complete Volume 2.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Emad on February 14, 2014
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it brings out the importance of this poet and writer. The information about this poet is sometimes vey boring because it goes into unnecessary details. For example I found the account Dorothy Shakespeare and her various relations irrelevant. But for the most part it is a knowledgeable presentation of Pound's life and work.

The printed text though needs a great deal of copy editing. Some grammatical mistakes could have been avoided by doing that.
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13 of 27 people found the following review helpful By William C. Pratt on March 2, 2008
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Ezra Pound: Poet I: The Young Genius 1885-1920
If you want the fullest account of Pound's life to date, start with this volume. It is the first of two volumes and will when complete be more detailed than any biography of the poet so far. If you want to understand why Ezra Pound deserves a biography of this magnitude, read Pound. Almost all his works in poetry and prose are in print, a third of a century after his death. Few writers can claim such longevity. Pound is here to stay, because for all his faults he was a great poet--a highly eccentric and controversial personality, as this biography shows, but a great poet nevertheless.
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