Ezra Pound's The Pisan Cantos was written in 1945, while the poet was being held in an American military detention center near Pisa, Italy, as a result of his pro-Fascist wartime broadcasts to America on Radio Rome. Imprisoned for some weeks in a wire cage open to the elements, Pound suffered a nervous collapse from the physical and emotional ...
Ezra Pound's The Pisan Cantos was written in 1945, while the poet was being held in an American military detention center near Pisa, Italy, as a result of his pro-Fascist wartime broadcasts to America on Radio Rome. Imprisoned for some weeks in a wire cage open to the elements, Pound suffered a nervous collapse from the physical and emotional strain. Out of the agony of his own inferno came the eleven cantos that became the sixth book of his modernist epic, The Cantos, themselves conceived as a Divine Comedy for our time. The Pisan Cantos were published in 1948 by New Directions and in the following year were awarded the Bollingen Prize for poetry by the Library of Congress. The honor came amid violent controversy, for the dark cloud of treason still hung over Pound, incarcerated in St. Elizabeths Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Yet there is no doubt that The Pisan Cantos displays some of his finest and most affecting writing, marking an elegaic turn to the personal while synthesizing the philosophical and economic political themes of his previous cantos. They are now being published for the first time as a separate paperback, in a fully annotated edition prepared by Richard Sieburth, who also contributes a thoroughgoing introduction, making Pound's master-work fully accessible to students and general readers.
Good plus/None. First Edition, First Printing (1949 on copyright page with no subsequent printings listed). In black cloth with silver lettering on the spine. The spine lettering is rubbed. There is a slight fade to the front cover at the bottom margin...
Good. The Pisan Cantos of Ezra Pound by Ezra Pound. Published by New Directions. New York USA. 1948. 8vo. 118pp. First Edition/ Second Printing. HB/DJ. Good in poor dust jacket. Black cloth-covered boards with silver print on spine. The finish of the cloth is worn at the head of the spine but there are no tears or fraying. The top edge is also worn but the other edges are in good shape. Structurally sound book with a straight, squared spine and tight binding. The tips may be minimally bumped, if at all. The FFEP has the PON inked in and there is heavy discoloration from the dust jacket on both end pages. There is also a star that is stamped on the FFEP. Light toning in the margins of the text. The dust jacket is in poor condition. Most of the fold of the spine is gone and the DJ is in two pieces. There is heavy wear and tear along the top edge. The flaps, with the exception of chips missing along the top edge of the front flap, are in good condition with the price intact. The DJ is now in a mylar sleeve. Photographs and/or scans are available upon request.
Fine in good jacket. First edition. Hardcover. 118 pp. Fine in dust jacket with 2" loss to the lower soine strip. From the personal library of former Princeton University president Robert F. Goheen, with his ownership signature from his student days on the front free endpaper. These ten cantos, called "The Pisan Cantos" because they were composed when the poet was incarcerated in a prison camp near Pisa, were at the time the most recent additions to the monumental epic poem on which Pound worked for decades.
Good hardcover. Dust jacket is slightly frayed, chipped and torn; dampstain on lower front, spine and rear jacket. Front and rear front free endpapers have paper burns from dust jacket flaps along outside edges. Unrelated gift inscription on front free... 118 pages. Music. Gallup A60a. Contains Cantos LXXIV-LXXXIV.
Very Good. Dust jacket has tears to edges, small pieces missing at the edges, in a protective cover, $2.75 on the front flap. Spotting to page edges, a few spots to text. No additional printings listed on the copyright page.
New Directions Publishing Corporation, New York, NY
I love reading poetry and have always heard about the writings of Ezra Pound. His THE PISAN CANTOS was written while Pound was imprissoned in Italy by the United States. It is a very hard book to understand for me. I get a little help from a friend and I know there is a companion book that explains everything. But The challange for me is the fun part. Did that mean that? Did he mean this? It's fun and I do recommend this book and author to anyone who loves poetry. I have heard that all his writings are meant to be difficult, What a challenge. What an author!
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