From the Publisher
"Moody treats his subject and the facts with great respect and precision...his mastery of his subject is impressive, and Pound's life story does not fail to fascinate."Mary Dixie Carter, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Moody knows more about Pound's poetry than porbably anyone else alive, and supplies careful, detailed readings of all the early books."Charles McGrath, The New York Times
"Moody does a fine job of setting forth the many complexities embodied by the great contrarians life and work. Moody purposes to create a comprehensive critical biography and succeeds admirably."Jessie James, Los Angeles Times
"David Moody makes a strong case for Pound's 'generous energy' and the 'disruptive, regenerative force of his genius.'"The Economist
In sorting out all Pound's contradictions and complexity, Moody, a professor emeritus at the University of York and the author of a previous book about Eliot, is invaluable. He knows more about Pound's poetry than probably anyone else alive, and supplies careful, detailed readings of all the early books (this volume ends in 1920; a second will cover the years until Pound's death in 1972).
The New York Times
School Library Journal
In this first volume of what promises to be a monumental biography, Moody (Tracing T.S. Eliot's Spirit) presents a first-of-its-kind study of poet Ezra Pound's (1885-1972) life and works based on a thorough examination of the American literary giant's published and unpublished writings. His purpose, he writes, is to explore Pound's complexity and the "disruptive, regenerative force of his genius." He chronicles Pound's attempts, beginning with his 12-year-long residence in London, to bring about an American renaissance by importing the heritage of Old World culture, and he illustrates how neither the British nor the American literary sets knew what to make of Pound's early work, a new kind of poetry radically departing from the rules of prosody. Moody further discusses Pound's involvement in such movements as imagism and vorticism; his promotion and generous support of fellow writers like T.S. Eliot, James Joyce, and Wyndham Lewis; his work for such periodicals as Poetry,the Egoist, and the Little Review; and the creation of the early Cantos. A carefully researched and documented study; recommended for academic libraries.
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