Pound/Joyce: The Letters of Ezra Pound to James Joyce, with Pound's Essays on Joyce - Edited by Forrest ReadLondon: Faber & Faber, 1967, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is somewhat rubbed and soiled. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding which is also age-toned. Previous owners' name to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Includes: Appendices (3);
From the cover: “During the winter of 1913 Ezra Pound was staying in Sussex with W. B. Yeats. Each was assessing the other’s work and laying out new directions. When Pound had almost completed an anthology of new poets, the Imagists, he asked Yeats if there was anyone he had forgotten to include. Yeats recalled a poem by James Joyce which had stuck in his mind. Pound wrote to Joyce in Trieste at once; and Joyce who had been on the continent for nearly ten years, cut off from his country and his language and so far all but unpublished, was surprised and encouraged. He gave Pound permission to use the poem and a few days later sent a typescript of Dubliners and a chapter of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
Between 1914 and 1920 a constant stream of letters flowed between London and Trieste, London and Zurich. Pound transmitted his reactions as drafts of A Portrait, Exiles and Ulysses arrived, then sent them on to the magazines of which he was a correspondent or editor. As the books appeared, he discussed them in a series of essays and reviews, the first sustained criticism of Joyce’s work.
This volume gathers together all of Pound’s surviving letters to Joyce, most of which are published for the first time, all of his essays and articles on Joyce’s work, a talk which he broadcast on Rome Radio in 1941 after Joyce died, various anecdotes of the time and a number of miscellaneous pieces and extracts.”