Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Price mss. consists of correspondence, December 11, 1925-October 12, 1927 and January 18-31, 1961, of John M. Price, 1899- , American agent for Ezra Loomis Pound in the publication of The Exile, a little magazine which Pound edited. Four numbers appeared, spring 1927-autumn 1928.

The 1925-1927 correspondence relates in the main to The Exile and is concerned with the American copyright, printing, shipments from France, customs duties, advertising, review, contributors, etc. Also discussed in the letters are other little magazines and the pirating of the writings of Pound and other authors by Samuel Roth, 1894-1974, editor and author, in his magazine Two Worlds: A Literary Quarterly Devoted to the Increase of the Gaity of Nations. The January 1961 correspondence is between Charles Norman, 1904- , author, and John M. Price. It refers to a new printing of Norman's book on Pound and to Price's "Pound file."

Also included in the collection are a typed copy of part of no. 1, primavera, 1927, of "Exile" containing Pound's "Part of Canto XX" and part of "Adolphe 1920" by John Rodker, 1894- ; and two memorandum books containing Price's records of stories, poems, etc. submitted to The Exile, addresses, receipts, expenditures, etc.

Correspondents represented in the collection in addition to Ezra Pound and John M. Price are George Antheil, Clifford Gessler, Oliver Jenkins, Pauline Leader, Wynham Lewis, Harriet Monroe, Charles Norman, Homer Loomis Pound (father of Ezra Loomis Pound), and Carl Sandburg.

Collection size: 164 items

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