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野上 秀雄 <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 15 Jan 1999 12:43:54 +0900
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Pound admired Agassiz for his advocacy of exact observation.
 In ABC OF READING (New Directions, 19th printing) and
LITERARY ESSAYS OF EZRA POUND (9th printing), the editors
identified Agassiz as Louis Agassiz(1807-73) as printed in their
indices. Also, Kenner (in POUND ERA) and Carpenter (in EZRA
POUND) described him as Louis Agassiz. However, in
 A COMPANION TO THE CANTOS OF EZRA POUND (1993
paperback edtion), Agassiz is noted as Alexander Emannuel
Agassiz(1835-1910).
   I think it is a little confusing.
   Louis Agassiz was the father of Alexander. According to
EDWARD SYLVESTER MORSE A BIOGRAPHY( Wayman :
Harvard Univ. Press, 1942. I am reading a Japanese translation
published by Chuo-Koron Bijutu-Shuppann, 1976) and
FENOLLOSA(Yamaguchi : Sanseido, 1982), Louis Agassiz
immigrated to the Unites States from Switzerland in 1849.
He became famous for his study of fresh water fishes before
he came to the U.S. He made much effort to establish a museum
of comparative zoology at Harvard. He opposed to the Darwinism.
   At Harvard he was the teacher of Edward Sylvester Morse
(1838-1925), who visited Japan in 1877 to study sea shells and
was invited to the professor of  zoology and physiology at Tokyo
 University just started that year. He discovered kitchen midden
for the first time in Japan. He returned to the U.S. temporarily
same year to buy books and samples for the university and to
look for professors of  the university. He met the president of
Harvard University (Eliot) and professor of art history (Norton)
to hear recommendation, and was introduced to Fenollosa.
 Persuaded by Morce, Fenollosa went to Japan in 1878.
 
Hideo Nogmi, Yokohama city, Japan

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