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Ezra Pound and E. E. Cummings carried on an extended and sundry correspondence from the Nineteen Twenties till Cummings's dying in 1962. This quantity collects the entire very important letters from this crucial friendship within the historical past of contemporary poetry.
Throughout the correspondence either poets display themselves and their ideals to a extraordinary measure. Pound entrusted to Cummings information of his political outlook within the Thirties and Nineteen Forties, together with his critiques approximately Mussolini's Italy. The letters to Cummings additionally shed new mild at the query of Pound's sanity after global battle II. even supposing he was once clinically determined as mentally not worthy, the letters in most cases express no facts of paranoia, in simple terms of his attribute eccentricity.
Similarly, those letters should still impress a reevaluation of Cummings. Critics have handled Cummings's political beliefs as both strictly deepest issues or purely incidental to his paintings. The letters, besides the fact that, convey that Cummings's substantially conservative political beliefs are utterly in keeping with his poetics, and lift the query of the relation among Cummings's political rules and his enthusiasm for specific varieties (and specific stars) of mass entertainment.
In addition to their political revelations, the letters are steeped within the literary climate--and literary gossip--of the days. Pound reviews usually and candidly on Cummings's poetry and prose; either Pound and Cummings ship gentle verse to one another. And the poets alternate anecdotes approximately such figures as Henry James, Wyndham Lewis, T. S. Eliot, Edmund Grosse, Max Eastman, and Aldous Huxley, between different writers.
There is far right here to curiosity and enjoyment either lovers and foes of Pound and Cummings. The e-book might be of basic significance to scholars and students of contemporary poetry, specifically those that emphasize the intersection of literary works and political history.
Barry Ahearn is affiliate Professor of English, Tulane University.

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