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Ezra Pound Encyclopedia
     

Ezra Pound Encyclopedia

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by Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos
 

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Ezra Pound has forever changed the course of poetry. His vast body of poetry and critical works make him one of the 20the century's most prolific writers, and his influence has shaped later poets, great and small. His enormous range of references, deliberate obscurity, and use of multiple languages make him one of the most difficult authors and-because of his

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Ezra Pound has forever changed the course of poetry. His vast body of poetry and critical works make him one of the 20the century's most prolific writers, and his influence has shaped later poets, great and small. His enormous range of references, deliberate obscurity, and use of multiple languages make him one of the most difficult authors and-because of his Fascism, anti-Semitism, and questionable sanity-one of the most controversial figures in American literary history. This encyclopedia is a concise yet comprehensive guide to his life and writings.

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Tryphonopoulos (Univ. of New Brunswick, Canada) and Adams (Univ. of Western Ontario, Canada), both established authors and professors of English, rightfully note in the preface to this single-volume reference that it is "impossible to encapsulate every single work or theme in a writer who is himself encyclopedic, interdisciplinary (even before the term was invented), and polyglot." As a result, this A-to-Z on Ezra Pound covers everything from his individual works (e.g., Hugh Selwyn Mauberly, Des Imagistes) and family members, fellow writers, and friends (e.g. Omar Shakespear Pound, Robert Frost, Leo Frobenius) to his varied interests and hobbies (e.g. Confucius, Egyptian literature, and economics). Written by some 100 expert contributors and ranging in length from one paragraph (e.g., "New English Weekly") to 25 pages ("The Cantos"), the 250 articles cite works for further reading but offer no cross references, which means that the reader must have some background knowledge in order to access the information easily. For example, Dorothy Shakespear Pound is listed only as "Shakespear, Dorothy (Pound)," with no cross reference from "Pound" to "Shakespear, Dorothy." There are also no cross references among the actual entries. The selected bibliography, on the other hand, provides information about primary and secondary sources, translations, edited works, correspondence, biography, criticism, and standard reference titles. Bottom Line While this encyclopedia barely touches the depths of an amazingly complex and prolific poet, it provides an excellent starting point and road map for further research. Recommended for academic libraries supporting undergraduate and graduate students of literature.-Laurie Selwyn, Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313061431
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/30/2005
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
676 KB

Meet the Author

Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos is Professor of English at the University of New Brunswick. He is the author of The Celestial Tradition: A Study of Ezra Pound's Cantos (1992), and has coedited Literary Modernism and the Occult Tradition (1996), and I Cease Not to Yowl: Ezra Pound's Letters to Olivia Rossetti Agresti (1998).

Stephen J. Adams is Professor of English at the University of Western Ontario. He has published on Pound's music and prosody, and his books include, Murray Schafer (1984), and Poetic Designs: An Introduction to English Meters, Verse Forms, and Figures of Speech (1997).

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Ezra Pound Encyclopedia 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Sailing through a vast occean of Ezra Pound's poetry, translations and criticisms, sailors on board the ship can not navigate without a right compass. Without the guide of this book, the reading Pound seems to be a mission impossible. It is a great not only in terms of its true historical facts, but also in terms of excellent contributions from diversified scholars. It is an updated achievement of Poundinan scholarships.