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Stephen J Adams <[log in to unmask]>
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The Bibliography should note that Timothy Findley's play The Trials of Ezra Pound has had at least one major professional production at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in 2001. I saw it then and was impressed, though with reservations. The play struck me as fairly even handed, probing, questioning rather than tendentious or hostile. Biographically it struck me as reasonably correct, though it represents EP erroneously as anti-religious.

Findley, who is highly regarded among recent Canadian novelists, also wrote Famous Last Words, about a character named Mauberley surviving in Italy during the last months of the War. I have taught that book, as well as his Not Wanted on the Voyage, a retelling of the Noah and the Flood story. (Findley's hostilities towards Jehovah are more overt than they are towards Pound.) His writing is engaging, highly readable, probing in its way, popular with the students, but ultimately, as I found in teaching, not as deep as it might have been.

For the play, there are a number of websites, but check these:

http://www.stage-door.com/Theatre/2001/Entries/2001/7/22_The_Trials_of_Ezra_Pound.html

http://journals.hil.unb.ca/index.php/tric/article/view/7274/8333

Stephen Adams


On 06/01/14, Roxana Preda  <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Dear Poundians,
> 
> In a previous discussion some time ago, people showed interest in creative writing about Pound and deplored the fact that plays about him and his life were not more widely known.
> 
> Here was our chance to put our new website to the test. Archie Henderson compiled a very useful bibliography of plays about Pound that I have just uploaded to our website. Please have a look at http://ezrapoundsociety.org/index.php/creativewriting
> 
> What is good about the list is that it gives us statuses of the plays (whether in manuscript or published; whether performed or not). It gives synopses and in a considerable number of cases, the full text of the plays.
> We are now able to see just what sides of Pound's life fired the writers' imagination: how they saw him, what words they put into his mouth.
> 
> I have checked all the links at my end and hope all of them work for you too.
> What was scattered and seemed lost is now at our fingertips.
> 
> A warm vote of thanks to Archie!
> 
> Enjoy,
> Roxana
> 
> PS Maybe we could also have a list of poems, maybe? Or fiction, who knows?
> 
> -- 
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> 
> 
--
Stephen J. Adams
Department of English
University of Western Ontario
"Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we must be saved by love." 
  Reinhold Niebuhr

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