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. ...
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. Octavo. Hardcover Cloth. Second Printing. 1948. Ex-Library with the usual treatments. Text in English 118 p. Corners are lightly rubbed. Interior text is clean throughout. Binding is solid. Offered by the Antiquarian, Rare, and Collectible department of Better World Books. Your purchase benefits global literacy programs. 100% satisfaction guaranteed.
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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