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"Robert E. Kibler" <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 14 Jan 1998 14:24:02 -0500
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On Wed, 14 Jan 1998 02:09:43 -0500 wrote...
A birthplace home of a famous person has its historical and sometimes
an economic value--but come on! I have seen photos of the house--so am struck
by the pricetag--$255K?  I don't know housing prices in Idaho, but I know about
real estate, generally, and wonder why this little house is so pricey?  And who
is doing the selling (I did not receive the notice a few months ago)?  It seems
as if future tourist profits are already factored into price, and price assumes
some sentimental group with large, indirect, and discretionary assets will buy.
That little house, I venture, could never turn its buyer a profit, or even
break even.  So again, why the seemingly very high price, which seems to assume
that it will?
I know that Homer built the house (or had it built) and that it was the
>first house of its type in Hailey, but Pound lived there only as an infant.
>Sure, he used the fact of having been born there for all sorts of propaganda
>and social effects, but I find it hard to think of him as a mid-westerner.
>Wyncote seems much more important, since it is where he actually spent
>conscious time.  Am I being grossly unsentimental in thinking that Hailey
>isn't such a historic site?  I don't care about the door to his room in
>Wabash either.  On the other hand, I get very emotional handling his
>notebooks, in which he wrote with his own hand.
>Maybe this is why so few people have responded to the request (which all of
>us, I assume, received in the mail several months ago.  How do others feel?
>I'm willing to be persuaded...
>At 03:08 PM 1/13/98 -0700, hugh hazen witemeyer wrote:
>>Fellow Poundians,
>>     The Ezra Pound Association in Hailey, Idaho, has a chance to purchase
>>the birthplace of EP, but the window of opportunity is narrow and high.
>>After a complex probate dispute, a court has ruled that the Association
>>may purchase the property IF it can come up with $255,000 by February 1,
>>1998.  Even with several generous pledges, the Association is a long way
>>from meeting this goal.  It is now trying to identify either a major angel
>>or an institutional purchaser such as a university who might be interested
>>in turning the home into a center for conferences, visiting scholars, and
>>the like.
>>     If you can help with contributions or ideas, please contact
>>                Jennifer Wilson
>>                The Ezra Pound Association
>>                P.O. Box 1492
>>                Hailey, Idaho 83333
>>                (208) 788-4700
>>Obviously, time is of the essence.  Thanks for your interest and
>>                                Sincerely,
>>                                Hugh Witemeyer
Robert E. Kibler
Department of English
University of Minnesota
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