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Ezra Pound discussion list of the University of Maine <[log in to unmask]>
Sat, 28 Feb 1998 16:04:42 +0800
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Dear list,
I have a question about the version of _The Cantos_ I am reading.  The one I
am reading now is the twelfth printing in 1991 by New Directions, and the
one I used to read is the first printing of _Cantos 1-117_ in one volume in
1970 also by New Directions.  I found some differences between the two
versions.  The major difference is the inclusion of the Italian Cantos in
the later printing, which results in the difference of pagination.  As I
look closely, there are other minor variations besides pagination.  For
instance, in Canto LII (p. 257), the later printing substitutes the bold
lines in the first printing with verses about Stinkschuld.  I think there
should be some words explaining the change, but I found no editor's note to
clarify my question.   I wonder which printing is more trustworthy.  I am
actually quite annoyed by this 1991 printing because its pagination is
different from what many of you have quoted in the literature of Pound
criticism.   Are there some articles or reviews to explain the editing
policy? Or are there any books on the textual history of _The Cantos_?
best regards,
Electra Wang