Library JournalThe literary value of this 1912 travel journal lies not in its composition but in its substance, which reflects the influence of the medieval Provencal troubadours on Pound's writings (a related work is Pound's Translations of Arnaut Daniel , ed. by Charlotte Ward, Garland, 1991). Using the rigorous editorial technique of retracing Pound's actual steps, Sieburth has competently reconstructed and annotated a partially illegible, disordered manuscript. Fragmentary in nature, the entries are generally impressionistic unpeopled scenarios: architecture, weather, and food are mentioned, but never in any sustained detail. Also included are notes for an unrealized book that digress into an invective against editors and a draft for a work on troubadours. Publication of a primary source always serves to advance scholarship; this one is recommended for humanities collections.-- Janice Braun, Oakland, Cal.
BooknewsEditor Sieburth made the same walk that the young Ezra Pound (1885- 1972) took in the summer of 1912, to make sense of the chaotic jumble of Pound's notebooks and loose "manuscript" pages, and assemble this remarkably readable account of the poet's journey through the troubador landscape of southern France. Includes maps, drawings, and photographs. Published by New Directions Publishing, 80 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 10011. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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