Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Pound mss., 1919-1924, consist primarily of letters to Ezra Loomis Pound, 1885-1972, poet, from various literary associates and friends. Some of the correspondence concerns the legal troubles of James Joyce and his difficulties with the publication of his novel Ulysses.

Ezra Pound was an expatriate American poet and critic and one of the leaders of the early modernist movement. Born in Idaho, he attended the University of Pennsylvania and went on to teach briefly at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana before traveling overseas. Living in London from 1908-1920, Pound became not only an accomplished poet but also a mentor to writers such as Ernest Hemingway, T.S. Eliot, and James Joyce. Pound was ultimately responsible for the 1918 serialization of Joyce's censored, controversial Ulysses.

The collection is organized into two series: I. Correspondence; II. Writings.

Correspondents include: Richard Aldington, Margaret Anderson, George Antheil, Natalie Clifford Barney, Sally Bird, William Augustus Bird, Basil Bunting, Kenneth Burke, Jean Cocteau, Nancy Clara Cunard, Thomas Stearns Eliot, Vivienne (Haigh-Wood) Eliot, Desmond Fitzgerald, Ford Madox Ford, Thomas Hardy, Clarence Edmonds Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway, Grace (Hall) Hemingway, James Joyce, Rudyard Kipling, Wyndham Lewis, Horace Brisbin Liveright, Victor M. Llona, Berthe Isabel Susanna Flora (Capel) Stern, baroness Michelham, Paul Morand, Stanley Morison, Ezra Loomis Pound, John Quinn, Samuel Roth, George Bernard Shaw, Society of Authors, Scofield Thayer, William Carlos Williams, Bernard Cyril Windeler, and William Butler Yeats.

Three writings by Ezra Pound complete the collection: His translation of Paul Morand's Ouvert la nuit; a translation of Tendres stocks, preface de Marcel Proust, also by Morand; and "Translator's Postscript," published in Pound's translation of Rémy de Gourmont's The Natural Philosophy of Love (Lilly PQ2266 .P5713, pp. 169-180).

An inventory and a finding aid are available.

Purchase. Estate of William Augustus Bird. 1977

Collection size: 219 items

Related manuscripts: Pound mss. II, Pound mss. III, Pound mss. IV, Pound mss. V, Pound mss. VII, Pound mss. VI

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