The Letters … 1907-1941. Edited by D. D. Paige

… London, Faber & Faber, [1951].

8vo, pp. 464, with a half-title; a very good copy in the publisher’s red cloth, no dust-jacket; ownership inscription and bookplate of D. G. Bridson (see below), with one manuscript correction to a reference in the index; laid in loose are a cutting of a review by Wyndham Lewis, an offprint of Bridson’s review, published in Poetry London Winter 1951-2, and a manuscript index of subjects (the corresponding passages marked in pencil in the margin).


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First English edition, an association copy.

Pound and D. G. Bridson first crossed paths in the 1930s when Pound included a poem by Bridson in his Active Anthology (1933) – they corresponded at that time but they did not meet until 1951 when Bridson, now a force to reckoned with in BBC radio, came to Washington DC to visit Pound in his detention in St Elizabeth’s. ‘To me, Pound … was the greatest living poet’, Bridson later wrote in Prospero and Ariel. Bridson produced Women of Trachis for radio in 1954, visited Pound again in 1956 to make some recordings, including ‘Four Steps’, Pound’s famous justification for his support of Mussolini; and then shot a television profile on Pound in Rapallo in 1959. They continued to meet and talk until 1963 as Pound lapsed slowly in silence.

Bridson’s review of The Letters speaks of the ‘crackling, sizzling pages of this correspondence’, which included three references to himself.

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