Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Pound mss., VI, 1906-1973, consist of papers and documents by or relating to poet Ezra Loomis Pound, 1885-1972. 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 and living in London, Paris, and Italy, then returning to the States in 1945. He was charged with treason for activities during the war, yet was found mentally ill and spent 13 years in St. Elizabeths Hospital before released in 1958. Pound went back to Italy that year and died in Venice in 1972.

Items present include a diary for 1906, two passports dated 1916 and 1919, as well as a passport for Dorothy Shakespear Pound, 1885-1973, for 1916, miscellaneous bills and receipts from Rapallo during the 1930s through early 40s, Italian ration cards from 1941, bank statements and check stubs for various years, carbon typescripts for eight radio broadcasts made by Pound during the war, and twenty folders of "Committee Annual Reports," 1946-1973, (lacking 1951-1958) made by Dorothy Pound as court appointed guardian for Ezra's interests following his commitment to St. Elizabeth Hospital.

An inventory and a finding aid are available.

Gift. Omar Pound. 1993

Collection size: 520 items

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

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