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Ezra Pound: Poet. Volume I: The Young Genius 1885-1920

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  21 ratings  ·  5 reviews
This first volume of what will be a full-scale biography presents Ezra Pound as a very determined and energetic young genius--at 15 he told his father "I want to write before I die the greatest poems that have ever been written"--setting out to make his way both as a poet and as a force for civilization in England and America in the years before, during and just after Worl ...more
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published November 24th 2007 by Oxford University Press
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John
"The events of a life like mine are of course fantasmagoria, but the events working inward - I mean the effects of events on whatever in genuis takes the place of the 'self' in a human being are even harder to follow." E.P.

Indeed. But I appreciate the minutia of even utterly literary lives, especially those of remarkable talent, energy and ambition like Pound's. This 1st of 2 volumes covers his education - in the US and then England - and growth of his busy career as poet, journalist, reviewer a
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Ted Burke
Pound the poet, the propagandist, the editor, the talent scout, all dutifully reported and examined by A.David Moody, a literature professor and literary biographer. William Carlos Williams had opined that the self-created Pound was certainly a genius but added that he was, as well, “an ass”. I was grateful to read this in this slow moving biography , if only to know that it wasn’t just me that thought him as someone who it was more work than it was worth to know.Moody's thesis seems to confirm ...more
Ted Burke
Pound the poet, the propagandist, the editor, the talent scout, all dutifully reported and examined by A.David Moody, a literature professor and literary biographer. William Carlos Williams had opined that the self-created Pound was certainly a genius but added that he was, as well, “an ass”.

I was grateful to read this in this slow moving biography , if only to know that it wasn’t just me that thought him as someone who it was more work than it was worth to know.Moody's thesis seems to confirm
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Tara
This is a fascinating account of Pound's early life and the development of his poetics (before he became a nutter). Exploring Pound's own work as well as his relationships with (and support of) Yeats, Joyce, Eliot, Ford, Lewis, and others, the author reveals—in a wonderfully readable narrative—how crucial Pound was to modern poetry.
LeeAnn
Jul 25, 2011 LeeAnn rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone that enjoys Pound's poetry and is interested in his life
Recommended to LeeAnn by: amazon.com
So far, it is a great biography of Pound, and I am enjoying it. I haven't read enough to completely review it, but from what I can tell, it is very nicely written and deserves at least a 3 star rating for now.
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