CALENDAR OF COMPOSITION

CANTO III

First published in A Draft of XVI Cantos, Three Mountains Press, 1925

[for a more comprehensive Calendar, please consult the one for Three Cantos]

 

LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS

  A  “Annals.” Variorum Edition of Three Cantos. A Prototype . Ed. Richard Taylor. Bayreuth: Boomerang, 1991. 
  L  The Letters of Ezra Pound 1907-1941. Ed. D.D. Paige. London: Faber, 1951

 

 1922

 

To Dorothy Pound, 23 August 1922

Lilly Library, Pound mss. III, Box 1, TLS

Mao:

[…]

Have ground out a couple of articles. also got vague idea for further Cantos.

[…]

Find Gabriele’s “Notturno” much less impossible than one wd. have thought. 

 

 

1923

 

To Kate Buss 12 May 1923

L 256

[...]

The three Mts. is following this prose series by a dee looks edtn of my Cantos (about 16 of ‘em, I think) of UNRIVALLED magnificence. Price 25 dollars per copy, and 50 and 100 bones for Vellum and illuminateds.
           It is to be one of the real bits of printing; modern book to be jacked up to somewhere near level of mediaeval mss. No Kelmscott mess of illegibility. Large clear type, but also large pages, and specially made capitals. Marse Henry [Strater] doing these; and the sketches already done are A-1. 
            Not for the Vulgus. There’ll only be about 60 copies for sale; and about 15 more for the producers.

 

To Dorothy Pound, [13 July 1923] 

A 20

Am rewriting the first three cantos; trying to weed out and clarify; etc, a BHLoody JHobb.

 

To Dorothy Pound, [17 July 1923]

A 20

also have been trying to rewrite Cants I. II. III. so haven't been back to museum myself.

 

From Dorothy Pound, [21? July 1923]

A 21

Are you wise to be already revising the first Cantos? Don't kill them.

 

To Dorothy Pound, [23 July 1923]

A 21

     Re Cantos, I shdnt, have started revising if it hadn't been for the edtn? de LOOKS; probably no harm, I have now a sense of form that I hadn't in 1914, (very annoying, in some ways). Also I shd have rested a few months before tackling it. May save time in the end. Anyhow, anything I leave out can be restored later from earlier edtns, if needed. With sense of form, very difficult to get it all in, hodge podge, etc,

 

To Dorothy Pound, [25 July 1923]

A 21

     Have started some sort of revision; cuts down the opening to two cantos instead of three, beginning with Odysseus descent into Nekuia, and doing the Browning item after that, with Bacchus ship as second canto. & then the miscelany. & then 4. 5 etc. Also various repetitions, even in later cantos, can go. Mostly its too cluttered.

 

From Dorothy Pound, 28th [July 1923]

A 21

     HE not entirely rewrite those early cantos: or HE'll lose the life in them: She's coming back soon to put a stop to it!

 

To Dorothy Pound, [1] Aug. [1923] 

A 21

     Ugh, have got draft of first three cantos done.