"Foolish is he who stands guard over my intentions, but pays no heed to his own.
Theognis, lines 439-40, Greek Elegiac Poetry, Loeb Classic
Robert E. Kibler, PhD
Professor of Literature and Humanities
Minot State University, Minot North Dakota
701 858 3876
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Yes Robert, membership in the EPS is instituted when you subscribe to
I look forward to your panel proposal for the ALA. Let us all know
when you're ready.
Quoting Robert Kibler <[log in to unmask]> on Wed, 13 Nov
2013 23:33:08 +0000:
> hi Roxana--is a subscription to Paideuma and the EPS one and the
> same? I have never been clear about that. Thanks for your
> response--and I hope to be sending the Pound list a promotion soon
> for a panel discussion at the upcming ALA in Washington DC.
> Congratulations on taking up Paideuma. Robert
> "Foolish is he who stands guard over my intentions, but pays no heed
> to his own.
> Theognis, lines 439-40, Greek Elegiac Poetry, Loeb Classic
> Robert E. Kibler, PhD
> Professor of Literature and Humanities
> Minot State University, Minot North Dakota
> 701 858 3876
> From: - Ezra Pound discussion list of the University of Maine
> [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of Roxana Preda
> [[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 4:24 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: EPS Information bulletin no.3/November 10, 2013
> Dear Robert,
> There no form, not yet, anyway. If you'd like to join the society,
> make a subscription to Paideuma.
> With all my best,
> Quoting Robert Kibler <[log in to unmask]> on Wed, 13 Nov
> 2013 19:41:22 +0000:
>> where does one get the form to join the EPS? I would like one.
>> Thanks. Robert
>> "Foolish is he who stands guard over my intentions, but pays no heed
>> to his own.
>> Theognis, lines 439-40, Greek Elegiac Poetry, Loeb Classic
>> Robert E. Kibler, PhD
>> Professor of Literature and Humanities
>> Minot State University, Minot North Dakota
>> 701 858 3876
>> From: - Ezra Pound discussion list of the University of Maine
>> [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of Grace Davis
>> [[log in to unmask]]
>> Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 1:33 PM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: Re: EPS Information bulletin no.3/November 10, 2013
>> Thanks, Roxana, for this wonderful information. I did not know all
>> of this, certainly, and many people want to know what's what. You
>> are great and continue to inject life into the society. I wrote Mary
>> de Rachewiltz about your work, and she is happy. Love, Grace
>> From: Roxana Preda <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Sent: Sunday, November 10, 2013 2:26 PM
>> Subject: EPS Information bulletin no.3/November 10, 2013
>> Dear Poundians,
>> I have written the text below as a short historical report on our
>> society ? it is not meant to be exhaustive and final, but to settle
>> some important points for us and better define our society. Please
>> write to me if you find errors or would like to add info I may have
>> Many people have helped me with information: warmest thanks are due
>> to Gail Sapiel, who gave me scans of documents from the Paideuma
>> archives; Prof. Barry Ahearn who generously sent me a copy of his
>> own historical report of 2001; Rick Catrone for adding a scan that I
>> circulated to friends to ask for advice, and finally Demetres
>> Tryphonopoulos who pointed out a very informative article by Burt
>> Hatlen ? you?ll find my sources at the bottom of the report.
>> This short history of the society is the first part of a larger
>> posting about the society in the context of the other initiatives in
>> which Poundians are involved. But that other colourful info is
>> reserved for later. My first story now concerns the EPS.
>> The Ezra Pound Society - The Story So Far
>> Our tale begins in 1978, when Carroll F. Terrell had the initiative
>> of adding a ?book club? to the National Poetry Foundation. He had
>> created the NPF seven years previously, to enable the launching of
>> Paideuma. Since 1972, the journal had gathered around it the best
>> scholarship on Ezra Pound and implicitly created a community of
>> scholars who would have needed to buy books that were of great
>> interest to them, but too specialized for a general market. At some
>> point, Terrell wanted to rename the NPF ? he made the attempt of
>> calling it the Ezra Pound Society. However, this did not work out.
>> This is what he wrote:
>> "Stuffed into the pages of this issue you will find ? a membership
>> blank which is an invitation to join the Ezra Pound Society as an
>> adjunct activity of the National Poetry Foundation, Inc. I had once
>> planned to convert the Foundation to the new name, but the red tape
>> and legal fees make that idea [with apologies] 'inoperative.' Since
>> we can accomplish the same thing by this ploy, the trouble is also
>> My idea is to form a sort of Mini-Readers Subscription Club made up
>> of people who will be the most interested in special studies on the
>> work of Pound. I expect to publish 2 to 4 books a year but will
>> deliberately choose those which commercial publishers or university
>> presses cannot print because they can be expected to have too small
>> a market. [?] Members of the Ezra Pound Society will receive a 50%
>> discount on each book." (Paideuma Bulletin Board, 8 1 Spring 1979)
>> In the same number, Terrell announced the formation of two
>> "chapters" of the EPS: one at the University of Maine and one in
>> Kyoto, expressing the hope that similar organisations of minimum ten
>> members would be created to form a network of chapter locations in
>> the United States, Canada and Europe. This did not come to pass. The
>> two initial chapters are the only ones that have been created to
>> date. Membership to the society in the Western hemisphere was
>> established by the subscription to Paideuma, which continued to be
>> the axis of all Terrell?s initiatives. He wrote the initial charter
>> of the society, which established the minimum number of members, the
>> dues ($25), and the privileges (free issue of Paideuma and 50%
>> discount on books). This initial charter was rather unspecific as to
>> the kind of officers it might have needed, since Terrell assumed the
>> type of officer would be determined locally. Since this was to be a
>> network, the document also mentioned
>> ?delegates? to ?national meetings.? The mission of the society was
>> to ?promote and develop the study of Pound?s work as a poet and man
>> of letters.? (charter document, 1978)
>> The year the EPS was founded (1979, if we take it to overlap with
>> the announcement in Paideuma) was very critical. Terrell was
>> finishing the first volume of the Companion (published in 1980) and
>> was also retiring from full time academic duties (1981) to
>> concentrate on the second volume (1985). Additionally, the NPF was
>> enlarging its sphere of scholarly interest to the Objectivists and
>> other poets in the Pound tradition: Terrell founded Sagetrieb in
>> 1982 and after the first issue asked Burt Hatlen to take over
>> editorship (Hatlen 59). In 1989, Terrell gave up full-time
>> responsibility for the NPF, though continuing to act as consultant
>> for Paideuma (Hatlen 48). Membership in the EPS was in all respects
>> included within the NPF and its activities at Orono: the publication
>> of the journals, the conferences at the University of Maine (1975,
>> 1980, 1985, 1990), and the books that were published under the aegis
>> of the NPF.
>> It was Burt Hatlen who gave our society a degree of autonomy when he
>> became Director of the NPF and Secretary of the EPS in 1990. In 1992
>> he revised the initial charter of the EPS and established a set of
>> amended by-laws that are still governing the society today. Hatlen
>> proposed that since membership to the society is the subscription to
>> the journal, a dollar from the Paideuma subscription should go into
>> financing the EPS. The revision of the by-laws had become necessary
>> because Terrell?s initial idea of the EPS as network of local
>> chapters had not materialized. Additionally, the society was
>> applying for MLA affiliate status and had to comply with the MLA
>> conditions: a society had to be at least four years old, have a
>> charter, dues paying membership, and an elected slate of officers.
>> Additionally, the MLA stipulated that members should have the
>> opportunity ?to participate in the full range of the operations of
>> the organisation? (Hatlen, letter to
>> members, July 20, 1992).
>> From the bulletin board of the Paideuma (spring-fall 1992), we can
>> see that Hatlen?s procedures fully complied with MLA directives and
>> were radically democratic: he sent out cards with requests for votes
>> and scholars responded:
>> "So far over 100 of you have returned the form which designates
>> $1.00 of your Paideuma subscription as dues to the Society. This
>> group seems large enough to allow us to move on to the next step,
>> which is to update the bylaws. So if you sent in your form, you will
>> receive, some time in May, a copy of the old by-laws along with a
>> set of proposed revisions and a ballot which you should return to
>> Burton Hatlen, the secretary of the association. In June or July we
>> will apply to the MLA for affiliate status. If the application is
>> approved, we will have one or two sessions at the 1993 MLA
>> convention." (Paideuma bulletin board 21 1/2).
>> At the same time, Hatlen ensured that the society had two slots at
>> the annual conference of the American Literature Association ? the
>> first panel organised by the EPS was at the ALA conference of 1993.
>> Hatlen announced: ?Anyone interested in participating in the 1993
>> convention can write to me. You need not be a EPS member to give a
>> paper? (Paideuma bulletin board winter 21 3 1992).
>> Participation in the MLA conventions was delayed until 1995 (Ahearn
>> and Witemeyer 456). According to the amended by-laws, the society
>> then got its first president: Hugh Witemeyer (1992-1997). He was
>> followed by Barry Ahearn (1997-2001), Alec Marsh (2001-2013) and
>> Roxana Preda (2013-). Burton Hatlen served as Secretary until 2008
>> when Demetres Tryphonopoulos took over. Alec and Demetres have run
>> the society since Hatlen?s passing away that year ? they have had
>> the help of Tim Redman and Ira Nadel. All four have consented to
>> become members of a society Advisory Board ? they discuss and
>> validate all new initiatives concerning the EPS.
>> Regular panels at the MLA and ALA conferences have structured the
>> society activity ever since 1993 and have constituted the main
>> service that the EPS has brought to Pound scholars. Over the years,
>> alliances with other societies, mainly those devoted to William
>> Carlos Williams, James Joyce, and H.D., have enriched and
>> diversified the palette of sessions. Here are some recent examples:
>> Ezra Pound and the San Francisco Renaissance (ALA, 2006), Teaching
>> Ezra Pound?s Poetry and Prose (ALA, 2009); Ezra Pound in H.D.?s Work
>> (ALA 2012) Prosody in the Poetry of Ezra Pound and William Carlos
>> Williams (MLA 2011); Ezra Pound and James Joyce: Connections and
>> Disconnections (MLA 2012).
>> In 1999, at Hugh Witemeyer?s suggestion, the society initiated its
>> annual award for the best book of Ezra Pound scholarship. Along the
>> years, the society thus honoured Alec Marsh, Margaret Fisher, Walter
>> Baumann and Leon Surette, among others. The award is not financed
>> out of the society dues (which are minimal) but out of private
>> sponsorship. The recipient is announced at the MLA convention. In
>> 2013 the society has added a prize for best article in Pound
>> scholarship, which will be awarded next year for the first time at
>> the ALA convention in Washington.
>> In 2013, the society has also received the opportunity to
>> participate with a regular panel at the Louisville conference.
>> Starting with 2014, the EPS has an assured slot for this major
>> annual event dedicated to 20th century literature in relation to the
>> arts. Our panel for 2014 is called: Contributions to the Poetics of
>> Ezra Pound?s Cantos: Epic-Image-Music.
>> The Paideuma number for 2013 is dedicated to Burt Hatlen and is a
>> memorial to his great work and service to both the Ezra Pound
>> Society, as long-term Secretary and to the National Poetry
>> Foundation, as its Director for eighteen years. In 2001, one of his
>> initiatives made possible a greater definition of the profiles of
>> both organisations: he decided to open up Paideuma to the poetry of
>> American modernism more generally, retaining a substantial focus on
>> Pound scholarship (Hatlen, letter to the EPS, June 15, 2001). This
>> decision, while favoring the development of the NPF away from Pound
>> studies strictly conceived, has proved problematic for scholars who
>> would prefer to remain within the more circumscribed area of author
>> The time has now come, I think, to reconsider the by-laws of 1992,
>> to attune them to the situation of the scholarly community as it now
>> stands, and to see how we can improve the functioning of our society.
>> Ahearn, Barry and Hugh Witemeyer. ?The Ezra Pound Society.?
>> Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook. Ed. Matthew Bruccoli.
>> Detroit: Gale, 2001. 455-456.
>> Bulletin Board Paideuma 8 1 (Spring 1979)
>> Bulletin Board Paideuma 21 1-2 (Spring Fall 1992)
>> Bulletin Board Paideuma 21 3 (Winter 1992)
>> Hatlen, Burt. ?Carroll Terrell and Great American Poetry Wars.?
>> Paideuma 26 2-3 (Fall/Winter1997): 33-62.
>> Ezra Pound Society materials.pdf (compiled by Gail Sapiel)
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> The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
> Scotland, with registration number SC005336.
The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
Scotland, with registration number SC005336.