ABC of Reading

ABC of Reading

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by Ezra Pound

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Ezra Pound’s classic book about the meaning of literature, with a new introduction by Michael Dirda.  See more details below


Ezra Pound’s classic book about the meaning of literature, with a new introduction by Michael Dirda.

Editorial Reviews

The New Yorker
“Full of original and suggestive ideas on the meaning and operation of the poetic art. The comments ring with Pound’s early wit and vigor.”
The New York Times
“Incredibly alive and intelligent and first-rate.”

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New Directions Publishing Corporation
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5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

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.

Michael Dirda, who won a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism at theWashington Post Book World, is the author ofAn Open Book,Bound to Please, andReadings: Essays and Literary Entertainments. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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ABC of Reading 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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pound seems to go out of his way to sound academic and to make as little sense as he can (it's almost as if he's writing in sound bytes). this book is a sad disappointment from a man who really contributed a lot the the world of literature. i say pass on this one.