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:
> 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
> 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
> Hugh Witemeyer