Frary collection of Ezra Pound
- 1909-approximately 2010
- Majority of material found within 1909-1960
- Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972. (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for use.
Conditions Governing Use
1.51 Cubic Feet (1 legal size document box, 2 half-legal size document boxes, 2 small flat boxes (17.5 x 3 x 11.75 and 14.5 x 1.5 x 11.5), 1 small custom box (7 x 3.5 x 5))
He was born in 1885 in Hailey, Idaho Territory to Homer L. Pound and Isabel Weston. After college and a short career in teaching, he began his expatriate life in 1908, in Spain, Italy, and then London, settling in London until 1920. He had his first poetry collection, Lume Spento, printed in Italy in 1908. In 1914, he married wife Dorothy Shakespear and became editor of Little Review in 1917.
By 1924, he returned to Italy with Dorothy, where Pound became a fascist, his convictions polarizing his audiences during the shortwave broadcasts of his American-geared programming on Rome Radio during World War II. He was forced to return to the United States in 1945 because of the fascist propaganda he was extolling. Acquitted, but declared mentally insane in 1946, he was confined to Washington, D.C.’s St. Elizabeths Hospital. While at St. Elizabeths, he was awarded the Bolligen Prize for Poetry for his 1948 work, the Pisan Cantos. In 1958, a campaign for his release by his fellow writers resulted in his freedom from the asylum, and Pound returned to his adopted country of Italy, settling in Venice, where he passed away in 1972.
In relation to this collection, his circle of creatives included, but was not limited to: e e cummings, T.S. Eliot, Sheri Martinelli, Marion Morehouse, Basil Bunting, Louise Theis, and Babette Deustch.
The collection also contains a black-and-white photograph of T.S. Eliot, friend of Ezra Pound, taken by the famed photographer Man Ray.
The holdings range in time from 1909 to 1986, with most of the materials dating from 1909 to 1960.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Item descriptions were derived from dealer or appraiser descriptions and edited for clarity. Some date ranges for pieces of correspondence refer to the postmarked date.
Additional processing by Kristen Diehl in June 2019.
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