Machine Art and Other Writings: The Lost Thought of the Italian Years

Machine Art and Other Writings: The Lost Thought of the Italian Years

By: Ezra Pound (author), Maria Luisa Ardizzone (editor)Paperback

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Machine Art and Other Writings presents previously unpublished and rare writings by one of the literary giants of the modernist period, Ezra Pound. Written from the late 1920s to the early part of the 1940s, these essays, selected by Maria Luisa Ardizzone and including "Machine Art," "How To Write," "European Paideuma," and "Pragmatic Aesthetics," are typically Poundian in style-irascible, eccentric, and by turns both engaging and cryptic. Importantly, these essays from Pound's Italian years shed light both on the sections of the Cantos written in the late 1940s and on the underpinnings of his well-known anti-Semitism. The essays in this volume address Pound's diverse aesthetic concerns, including his Vorticism and his criticism of Western metaphysics, his advancement of the machine as a new criterion for beauty, his encounter with the German Bauhaus movement, and his search for a type of writing ruled by mathematical rather than grammatical laws. Machine Art and Other Writings documents the wide proportions of Pound's polemic against the abstractions of modernism and reveals the extent to which he was at odds with the metaphysical assumptions of his time. The volume, edited by Ardizzone, is the result of years of systematic and intensive study of Pound's manuscripts, including glosses from the texts of his personal library. Proposing an unconventional approach to Pound studies that focuses on marginality and intertextuality, she subverts the canonical hierarchy of Pound's works by revealing the power of texts considered marginalia. General readers, students and scholars in the fields of European and American modernism, aesthetics, the history of technology, and art history, as well as Pound specialists and the many poets and writers influenced by Pound, will greet the publication of Machine Art and Other Writings with interest and anticipation.

About Author

Ezra Pound (1885-1972) is one of the most influential literary figures of the twentieth century. His opinions and literary achievements forcibly shaped the modernist movement. He is the author of many familiar works, including Personae, ABC of Reading, and Cantos. Maria Luisa Ardizzone teaches Italian Literature at New York University and is the author of Ezra Pound e lascienza.


Acknowledgments ix Abbreviations xiii Introduction 1 Machine Art Machine Art (1927-1930) 57 How to Write How to Write (1930) 87 Addedna (c. 1928-1937) 110 A Problem of (Specifically) Style (1934) 122 Ogden and Debabelization (1935) 126 European Paideuma European Paideuma (1940) 131 Convenit esse Deos (c. 1940-1942) 135 [Catholicism] (c. 1940) 141 The Organum According to Tsze sze (1942) 145 Appendix: Two Letters from Pound to the Frobenius Institute 147 To Douglas C. Fox (1935 and 1937) 147 Letter from Pound to George Santayana (1941) 151 and Santayana's Response 152 Pragmatic Aesthetics Pragmatic Aesthetics of E.P. (c. 1940-1943) 155 A Note on the Texts 161 A Note on the Illustrations 167 Index 171

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  • ISBN13: 9780822317654
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 192
  • ID: 9780822317654
  • ISBN10: 0822317656

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