This story by Ezra Pound’s daughter adds to all other testimony something indispensable for a just understanding of his life and work; it is also in its own right a work of literature, a record of great human difficulties and great devotion.
—Robert Fitzgerald

Ezra Pound, Father And Teacher: Discretions

Nonfiction by Mary de Rachewiltz

Edited by Richard Sieburth

Mary de Rachewiltz’s autobiographical account, Ezra Pound, Father and Teacher, which first appeared as a New Directions Paperbook in 1975, is now reissued with a new afterword by the author. Set against the background of Fascist Italy and the Tyrolean Alps where she spent the early years of her childhood, the story Ezra Pound’s daughter movingly reveals is a side of the poet which is seldom touched upon, that of devoted father, and at the same time serves to illuminate many of the more difficult, personal passages of The Cantos. But the book is more than a mere memoir, for Mary de Rachewiltz is an accomplished poet and translator in her own right, guided in her craft under her father’s tutelage: through her stylized, often oblique prose technique we are enabled to appreciate more deeply Pound’s inner anguish during the war years and the strains put upon him by the circumstances of his life. Many of the scenes described are illustrated with photographs. while the narrative itself gleams with lines from The Cantos that light up the events of the author’s life as her life lights up the poetry.

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Paperback (published December 1, 2005)

ISBN
9780811216470
Price US
16.95
Price CN
24
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
336

Mary de Rachewiltz

20th Century American memoirist

This story by Ezra Pound’s daughter adds to all other testimony something indispensable for a just understanding of his life and work; it is also in its own right a work of literature, a record of great human difficulties and great devotion.
—Robert Fitzgerald