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. Poor Dust Jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. 118 pp. Tightly bound. Corners not bumped. Text is free of markings. No ownership markings. PLEASE NOTE: There is an old water stain to the spine of the dust jacket. The mylar protected jacket now shows brown on the tan spine. There are some small chips / edge tears. The black cloth boards have the typical sheen. But where the cloth was affected by the moisture it now shows a little bit flat / matt at the heal and about an inch in on the front and back boards. It appears as a relatively minor cosmetic detraction. The dust jacket is not price clipped showing $2.75 price. This appears to be the first edition, first printing with no later publication date listed.
Good. 1948 second printing hardcover. text has a few very light pencil underlines. solid binding. clean cover. no jacket. light corner bumping FAST SHIPPING W/ CONFIRMATION. NO PRIORITY OR INTERNATIONAL ORDERS OVER 4LBs.
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.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo., black clothbound hardback, gilt, with unclipped dust jacket; 132pp. Clean copy with no previous ownership inscriptions or annotation. Dust jacket rather edgeworn with chips and a few tears. Overall VG/Good. (Shelf 2)
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.
8vo. 132 pp. Original cloth; dust jacket. Stain on rear jacket panel, several chips at edges. FIRST UK EDITION. INSCRIBED BY EDITH SITWELL TO HER BROTHER SACHEVERELL SITWELL on the front free endpaper: "For my darling Sachie / those nymphs and bassarids from Page 77 onwards to the end of that Canto / with best love from Edith." She has made an X to mark this passage on p. 77. Edith Sitwell and Pound appeared together in the Contact Collection of Contemporary Writers in 1949. Sacheverell once accused Edith of preferring Pound's cantos to her own, to which she replied that her brother was "one of the greatest [poets] that our race has produced in the last 150 years." Gallup A60b. A FINE ASSOCIATION COPY.
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!
Alibris, the Alibris logo, and Alibris.com are registered trademarks of Alibris, Inc.
Copyright in bibliographic data and cover images is held by Nielsen Book Services Limited, Baker & Taylor, Inc., or by their respective licensors, or by the publishers, or by their respective licensors. For personal use only. All rights reserved. All rights in images of books or other publications are reserved by the original copyright holders.