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    Ezra Pound. Four Typed Letters Signed. Four letters from Pound's time living in Rapallo, Italy, on various subjects. 1) TLS. "Ez P." Two pages on Pound's personal stationary, 8.75" x 11", Rapallo [Italy]; February 4 [circa 1940]. In this letter to an unnamed correspondent named "Bill" [probably the American poet William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), with whom Pound had a sometimes strained relationship], Pound writes thanks him for sending a draft on Marquis de Lafayette and then spends most of the letter offering his negative views of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who he referred to as "our present chief magistrate" and Jews, who he believed were ruining Europe and the United States. He end his letter by stating that he did not suppose "ANY Amerikan [sic] pubrs/wd/PRINT ME on structure of government/and the shitten [sic] violations of constitution by Frankie [Roosevelt]. Aint it about time you bit the 'and? or did something to delouse him (if he is worth it)." In a postscript, he cites Hitler, whom he admires, 'Is anyone QUOTING Adolf's latest/ sic: The position of a country abroad depends EXCLUSIVELY on its structure and INTERNAL COHERENCE." 2) TLS. "EZ" Two pages on Pound's personal stationary, 8.75" x 11", Rapallo; July 15 [circa 1940]. Another letter to unnamed correspondent named "Bill," in which Pound gently reprimands him for not writing. He goes on to make another pro-Hitler statement, claiming if the U.S. starts a war on Hitler, "it will be a war against a clean conception of money." 3) TLS. "EP." Two pages on Pound's personal stationary, 8.75" x 11", Rapallo; February 7 [circa 1939-1940]. Letter to an unnamed correspondent concerning the newspaperman, editor, writer of historical non-fiction, and ambassador to Spain and Chile, Claude Bowers (1878-1958). Pound opens the letter with a question "what IS the l'il story of Bowers (Claude)?," which may be related to Bowers' departure as Ambassador to Spain after the forces of Francisco Franco won the Spanish Civil War in 1939. The rest of the letter discusses Pound's view of Bowers' works on Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. 4) TLS. "EP" Three pages on Pound's personal stationary, 9" x 11", Rapallo; March 12 [circa 1930s?]. Letter addressed to an unnamed correspondent "My Dear Aufidianus Romualdus," in which Pound discusses getting published again in England and warns his recipient that if "I were starting a weekly in Eng. I wd. NOT start it with ME in the First number....For ten years Eng. Did not print me." While he is critical of England, he asks his correspondent, "You have got to reintroduce me to the Brit. pubk," and "you have got to take up the question of the emigration of authors FROM the god blasted island." Later in the letter, he asserts, "It is not my place as a foreigner to clean up the Brit. stable. I have greatly benefitted by getting out of the country. I doubt if ANY intelligent foreign author has moved INTO the country since 1917."
    Ezra Weston Loomis Pound (1885-1972) was an expatriate American poet and critic, and a major figure in the early modernist poetry movement. His contribution to poetry began with his development of Imagism, a movement derived from classical Chinese and Japanese poetry, stressing clarity, precision, concision, and economy of language. His works include Ripostes (1912), Hugh Selwyn Mauberley (1920) and the unfinished 120-section epic, The Cantos (1917-1969). Pound lived in Rapallo, Italy, from 1924 to 1945, and during that time, he came to believe that World War I was caused by finance capitalism and thought fascism was the way to solve the problem. In the process, he blamed Jews for Europe's problems.
    Condition: The letters have the usual folds, chipped along the edges; minor paper loss without affecting text; three of the four letters have punched holes along the left side, where they were housed in a binder at some point; some slight tearing at the edges of the folds; otherwise good.

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