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In making this selection, the author writes in his introduction to this paperback edition of early and out-of-print writings, 'my aim has been to show the unity of Ezra Pound's concerns.' The sixty-six pieces in Pound's Selected Prose 1909-1965 are arranged thematically, and while they are organized chronologically within several groupings, there are natural cross-currents of thoughts among them.

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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.
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  • Series: New Directions Paperbook
  • Paperback: 486 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing (January 17, 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811205746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811205740
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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By Giuseppe C. HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 16, 2007
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Inarguably America's most prolific poet and essayist, Pound is probably the most influential of all American poets and possibly the best. This collection of essays gives a more representative view of the complete thinker in all fields of knowledge than does the collection assembled by T. S. Eliot. Pound comes out of the line of Donne and Browning--more musician than painter, more an inhabitant of time than of space, an awesome organic discourse machine (before word-processing, even!), whose syntactical energies, whether in verse or prose, are always fascinating if not compelling (the "content" is another matter).

Having survived Browning's Sordello (which I'm unconvinced Pound did, or he wouldn't be making ridiculous statements about moving on to a more "modern" form of poetic discourse), I thought I'd give its offspring some of my time. Too many discussions of Pound simply apologize quickly and awkwardly for his anti-semiticism, and move on. Given all the "suspected" and covert anti-Semites in the arts, give Pound credit, at least, for the courage of his convictions (like a suicide bomber), regardless of how wrong-headed they were. Also, it may be necessary to give more attention to his writings in this area (admittedly often ramblings) to come to a better understanding of the most notoriously difficult poem by an American poet, "The Cantos." Pound obsesses on the subject of "usury" for a hundred or more pages in this prose collection, enough to allow the reader to see in greater clarity the connection between the American and Italian authors of literature's two most famous "Cantos," since Dante provides a place for usurers in the eighth, penultimate circle of The Infernal.
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I love a lot of the writing in this book: Pound's obit for Eliot, the opening note, the essays on Confucius and Mencius, the essay on Adams and Jefferson, etc. Robert Anton Wilson also highly recommends this book.
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..The book does contain vaulable insights, and information, but mostly in reference to other books and or people. The section devoted to Confucius could be summed up as saying "Ezra Pound really liked Confucius for reasons he never seemed to get around to mentioning." Because of this book I am even more curious about the economics of Silvio Gesell and I plan to read the Adams-Jefferson letters. I also want to find out more about the economic history of the United States. But this book has only pointed me in these directions, but it provides frusteratingly little information on these subjects. In the early part of the book Pound uses the metaphor "diamonds mixed with mud and then dumped in Iceland" to describe, well I completely forget, but it's an apt metaphor for this book. There are gems there but you have to dig and dig and dig.
So it gets one star. So what is five stars? Those are books that in the humble opinion of the reviewer should be read by every man, woman, child, Irishperson, and dog on the planet. For example S.I. Hiyakawa's Language in Thought and Action or Robert Anton Wilson's Quantum Psychology... Thanks for your attention.
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