As you may know, The Ezra Pound Society gives an annual award for the
best book in Pound studies published in the previous year. The time
has come for us to decide what book receives the prize for 2012.
For those of you who do not know of this award, here is a retrospective:
The first winner was Alec Marsh for his book Money and Modernity (1999),
Leon Surette (Pound in Purgatory, 2000),
Walter Baumann (Roses in the Steel Dust, 2001),
Margaret Fisher (Ezra Pound's Radio Operas, 2004),
Peter Liebregts (Pound and Neoplatonism, 2005),
Mary De Rachewiltz together with David and Joanna Moody for their
edition of correspondence Ezra Pound to his Parents, 2011.
As you see, this is a roll of honor and a beautiful tradition, which
is now for us to continue. Please write to me to propose books for
The award is given at the MLA convention and the winner receives a
cheque for $500.
I await your proposals until November 15, when I will write to let you
know what books are being considered. That gives us time to decide on
the book winner until the next MLA convention in January 2014.
I would like to take this opportunity to launch an initiative: I
propose to you that the society also give an award for the best
article in Pound studies published in the previous year. An article
can be the vehicle for exciting new discoveries; it often makes a
young scholar's career; it establishes or consolidates a reputation. I
would like to give young Poundians the chance to compete with their
elders and to win prestige and recognition among their peers for
outstanding small-scale work.
The award of 2014 would honor an essay published in a journal or
volume in 2012 and 2013. I propose that the society gives the winner a
cheque for $100 and ensures that the article is promoted on our
website (which we WILL have). We could have a small ceremony at the
ALA conference in May 2014 to announce and celebrate the winner.
For the articles we can extend the submissions period until January
1st. Please don?t be shy to propose your own work ? all I ask is that
the article has an abstract which clearly states the argument and
shows in what way the article breaks new ground, makes a discovery, or
is a departure from established practices and assumptions. In January
I will let you know what article proposals I have received.
If you like this initiative, I would be deeply grateful for
sponsorship ? at present the society does not receive any membership
dues and any donation would help us ensure we continue to give the
society awards and honour the bright ideas and the courageous research
Poundians do. To donate, please write to [log in to unmask]
I look forward to your proposals ? I am now investigating possible
channels for a society mailbox ? I hope to reach a decision before
mid-November. A mailbox could be a temporary solution that would give
more shape to the EPS; it would also give us the possibility to vote
on the awards and provide storage space for our materials.
Until then, please write to me at [log in to unmask]
Al the very best,
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