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"Robert E. Kibler" <[log in to unmask]>
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On Sun, 1 Feb 1998 07:53:00 +0100 wrote...
  Thanks--actually, I was just looking to buy Doob's book, if I could get a
copy.  But I very well may order what the Library of Congress, or the National
Archive has, if it is a more complete set.  Thanks.
*...and yes, daunting task to suggest only five critical works on Pound--and i
thought about the ones you suggest.  Donald Davie's Poet as Sculptor is one of
my favorites, but it is old now.  I love Bacigalupo, but in truth, many people
find his work on the later cantos scattered.  Besides, his criticism is more
specific, as is Sullivan's.  As a classicist, I most appreciate him and his
angle in on Pound.  But that I think is a special interest. Davenport's Cities
on Hills is also a good book--I could have included it, but cut it.  Really,
just five books must leave out most of what is great.  But as a doable package,
i though not to exceed five.  Cheers, Robert K.
>did you mean ALL of the short wave things from Radio Rome? In a letter from
>Hesse and
>her husband of 8/85 attached to my edition of Doob's selection I find this (I
>try to translate as
>accurately as possible):
>"The transcripts of 177 radio speeches in/with 468 pages (Oct 2  [....] - July
>26 1943 have been
>available as early as in 1945 from the Library of Congress and ldter from the
>National Archives
>Records Service, Washington, DC for $93,60. Leonard Doob (expert for
>psychological warfare,
>cf. his book, traveling for CIA) has edited the speeches on orders from Mary
>e. the Pound Lit.
>Prop. Trust in order to get hold of the copyright for the Trust, so  that they
>[the speeches] couldn't
>furthermore be quoted or be reprinted by other authors free of charge.
>"The more immediate reason [for Doob's publication] was the publication of
>"Certain Radio
>Speeches of Ezra Pound", ed. William Levy, Rotterdam, Cold Turkey Press 1975
>with the
>beautiful copyright-note: "Copyright (c) 1975 for Ezra Pound, his heirs and
>"As can be proved Doob has suppressed at least  58 speeches, much likely in
>order to influence
>the results of his statistic analysis (pp 417-425)."
>But still, Robert (altho I think you know about this one!): the book in
>question is, of course,
>"Ezra Pound Speaking. Radio Speeches of World War II", Leonard Doob, ed.;
>Greenwood 1978.
>Don't you agree, Robert, that putting up such an "EP basic reading ideogram"
>you did - and
>thanks, of course, but... - belongs to the most complicated tasks one cd
>imagine? But it's Sunday
>morning, I've got time today, and so here's my HUMBLE variation or call it
>addenda to Robert's
>1)  J. P. Sullivan on "Ezra Pound's Sextus Propertius. A Study in Creative
>Translation", 1964,
>2)  J. J. Espey on "Pound's Mauberley. A Study in Composition", 1955,
>3)  Guy Davenport's reworked doct. diss. "Cities on Hills" on Cantos I-XXX
>(UMI, 1982)
>the above three as seperate studies of most important EP works & aspects,
>the following
>cover a wider range of EP topics:
>4)  Donald Davie's two studies "Poet as Sculptor" of 1964 and "Towards a
>Pedestrian Reading"
>  of 1972, bth collected in Davie, "Studies in Ezra Pound. Chronicle and
>Polemic", 1991,
>5)  the "New Approaches to Ezra Pound", edited by Eva Hesse, 1969, and lastly
>and maybe, say,
>  more for "intermediates onward
>6)  Bacigalupo's "Formed Trace", 1980.
>OK. Honi soi qui mal y pense [or somesuch].
Robert E. Kibler
Department of English
University of Minnesota
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