The Publication Timeline of The Cantos 


Bush, Ron. The Genesis of Ezra Pound's Cantos. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1976. Print.

Eastman, Barbara. Ezra Pound's Cantos: the Story of the Text 1948-1975. Orono: National Poetry Foundation, 1979. Print.

Gallup, Donald. Ezra Pound. A Bibliography. Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia, 1983. Print.


Three Cantos.

I.    Poetry 10.3 (June 1917): 113-21;

II.  Poetry 10.4 (July 1917): 180-88;

III. Poetry 10.5 (August 1917): 248-54. 

Three Cantos of a poem of Some LengthLustra. Am. ed. New York: Alfred Knopf, 1917. (Reprinted with marginalia in Quia Pauper Amavi. London: The Ovid Press, 1919).

Chosen excerpts from the Lustra Cantos were reprinted in Future:

"Passages from the Opening Address in a Long Poem" - February 1918.

"Images from the Second Canto of a Long Poem" - March 1918.

"An Interpolation taken from the Third Canto of a Long Poem" - April 1918. (Bush Genesis 301-309).


A Draft of XVI Cantos of Ezra Pound for the Beginning of  a Poem of some Length now first made into a Book with Initials by Henry Strater. Paris: Three Mountains Press, 1925.

Canto IV. The Fourth Canto. London: Ovid Press, October 1919. Reprinted in the Dial June 1920 and in Poems 1918-1921. Boni and Liveright, 1921.

Three Cantos. Dial. LXXI.2 (August 1921): 198-208. [The Fifth Canto - The Sixth Canto - The Seventh Canto]

The Fourth Canto - The Fifth Canto - The Sixth Canto - The Seventh Canto.  Poems 1918-1921. New York: Boni & Liveright, 1921. Canto VI will be considerably edited between A Draft of XVI Cantos (1925) and A Draft of XXX Cantos (1930). The original is reproduced in Bush Genesis 310-313.

Eighth Canto. Dial LXXII.5 (May 1922): 505-509.

Malatesta Cantos. (Cantos IX to XII of a long poem). Criterion 1.4 (July 1923): 363-84.

Two Cantos. Transatlantic Review. I.1 (January 1924): 10-14. Contents: One Canto [Canto XIII] - Another Canto [Canto XII, first half]


A Draft of the Cantos 17-27 of Ezra Pound. Initials by Gladys Hynes. London: John Rodker, 1928.

Cantos XVII-XIX. This Quarter. I.2 (Autumn/Winter 1925/1926): 5-16.

Part of Canto XX. Exile. 1 (Spring 1927): 1-6.

Part of Canto XXVII. Dial. LXXXIV.1 (January 1928): 1-3.

Canto XXII. Dial. LXXXIV.2 (February 1928): 113-117.

Part of Canto XXIII. Exile. 3 (Spring 1928): 28-31. [first 34 lines omitted]


A Draft of XXX Cantos by Ezra Pound.Paris: Hours Press, 1930.

First American edition: A Draft of XXX Cantos by Ezra Pound. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1933.

First English edition: A Draft of XXX Cantos by Ezra Pound. London: Faber & Faber, 1933.

Cantos XXVIII, XXIX, XXX. Hound & Horn. III.3 (April-June 1930): 358-375.


Eleven New Cantos XXXI-XLI. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1934.

First English edition: A Draft of Cantos XXXI-XLI by Ezra Pound. London: Faber & Faber, 1935.

Second American issue: Eleven New Cantos XXXI-XLI by Ezra Pound. Norfork Connecticut: New Directions, 1940.

Three Cantos. [XXXI-XXXII-XXXIII]. Pagany. II.3 (July/September 1931): 43-53.

Canto XXXIV. Poetry. XLII.1 (April 1933): 1-10.

Canto XXXVIII. New English Weekly. III.24 (28 September 1933): 564-5. Reprinted in the Harvard Advocate CXX.4 (Feb. 1934): 24-26.

Canto XXXVII. Poetry XLIII.6 (Mar. 1934): 297-305. 

Canto XXXVI. Harkness Hoot IV.4 (April 1934): 26-29.

Canto XLI. New English Weekly VI.4 (8 November 1934): 85-6.

Canto XXXVI. The Criterion. XIV (1935): 204-207.


The Fifth Decad of CantosLondon: Faber & Faber, 1937.

First American edition:  The Fifth Decad of Cantos. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1937.

Second issue:  The Fifth Decad of Cantos. Norfork Connecticut: New Directions, 1940.

Canto XLV. Prosperity. IV.3 (Feb. 1936): 44.

Canto XLVI. New Democracy, VI.1 (March 1936): 14-16.

Canto XLVI. New Directions in Prose and Poetry. Norfolk, Ct., 16 November 1936.

Cantos XLII-XLIV. Criterion. XVI.64 (April 1937): 405-423. 


Cantos LII-LXXI. London: Faber & Faber, 1940.

First American edition: Ezra Pound Cantos LII-LXXI. Norfork Connecticut: New Directions, 1940.


The Pisan Cantos. New York: New Directions, 1948.

First English edition: The Pisan Cantos. London: Faber & Faber, 1949.

Canto LXXXIV. Quarterly Review of Literature. III.2 (1946): 126-129.

Canto LXXVII. Rocky Mountain Review. X.4 (Summer 1946): 179-189.

from Canto LXXX. Poetry. LXVIII.6 (September 1946): 310-321.

Canto LXXXIII. Yale Poetry Review. 6 (1947): 3-8. [Ezra Pound issue].

Canto LXXVI. Sewanee Review. LV.1 (January/March 1947): 56-67.


The Cantos. First collected edition. New York: New Directions, 1948.

First collected English edition: Ezra Pound: Seventy Cantos. London: Faber & Faber, 1950. (First edition produced by offset technology with corrections made by Pound.)

Second English collected ed. 1954; Cantos I-LXXXIV. An Errata list with 11 changes was added. Incorporated in the 2nd impression, in 1957 (Eastman 6).



Section: Rock Drill de los cantares. Milano: Vanni Scheiwiller, 1955.

First American ed.: Ezra Pound. Section: Rock Drill de los cantares. New York: New Directions, 1956.

First English ed.: Ezra Pound. Section: Rock Drill de los cantares. London: Faber & Faber, 1957.

Canto 85. Hudson Review. VII.4 (Winter 1954/55): 487-501.

Canto 86-87. Hudson Review VIII.1 (Spring 1955): 13-27.

Canto 88-89. Hudson Review. VIII.2 (Summer 1955): 183-204.

Canto 90. Meanjin. XIV.4 (Summer 1955): 488-491. 

Thrones 96-109 de los cantaresMilan: Vanni Scheiwiller, 1959.

First American ed.: Ezra Pound. Thrones 96-109 de los cantares. New York: New Directions, 1959.

First English ed.: Ezra Pound. Thrones 96-109 de los cantares. London: Faber & Faber, 1960.

Canto 96. Hudson Review IX.1 (Spring 1956): 7-19.

Canto 97. Hudson Review IX.3 (Autumn 1956): 387-398.

Canto 99. Virginia Quarterly Review. XXXIV.3 (Summer 1958): 339-354.

Canto 98. L'Illustrazione italiana. LXXXV.9 (September 1958): 34-39.

Canto C. Yale Literary Magazine. CXXVI.5 (December 1958): 45-50.

CI de los cantares. European. XII.6 (February 1959): 382-384.

CII de los cantares. Listen. III.2 (Spring 1959): 1-3.

Fragment from Canto 115. Threshold 17 (Spring 1962): 20. [25 lines, out of which only five are printed in CXV as published in D & F. Six of the lines appeared separately as Canto 120.]

Two Cantos. Paris Review 28 (Summer/Fall 1962): 13-16. Contents: from Canto 115 [21 lines, all but four differ from the version in Threshold] - Canto 116.

from Canto CXIII. Poetry CI.1/2 (October/November 1962): 95-96.

from Canto CXI. Agenda II.11/12 (March/April 1963): 1-2.


Third English collected ed. 1964. Cantos I-CIX

Fourth English collected ed. The Cantos of Ezra Pound. London: Faber & Faber, 1976. The sheets taken over from the third American collected ed. (5th printing of 1975) but without Canto CXX.

Second American collected ed. The Cantos (1-95). New York: New Directions, 1965.

       Third American collected ed. The Cantos of Ezra Pound 1-117. New York: New Directions, 1970. (1st offsetprinting, containing more than a hundred changes    from previous editions).
          1. 1971 - 2nd printing (adds another hundred corrections to the 1970 printing).
          2. 1972 - 3rd "revised" printing (contains Canto CXX and adds two corrections).
          3. 1975 - 5th printing, which is henceforth shared with Faber in a uniform edition. Two recorrections of previous changes. (Source: Eastman 2)


Selected Cantos of Ezra Pound. London: Faber & Faber, 1967.

American issue: Selected Cantos of Ezra Pound. New York: New Directions, 1970.

Canto CXIV. Stonybrook I.1/2 (Fall 1968): 1-3.

from Canto CXIII. New Yorker XLIV.41 (30 November 1968): 64.


Drafts & Fragments of Cantos CX-CXVII.  New York: New Directions, 1969.

English issue:  Ezra Pound. Drafts & Fragments of Cantos CX-CXVII. London: Faber & Faber, 1970.


Prove e frammenti dei Canti CX-CXVII. Bilingual edition, English-Italian. A cura di Carlo Alberto Corsi con una nota introduttiva di Giovanni Raboni. [Quaderni della Fenice 81]. Milano: Guanda, 1975.

Aus Canto CXIV. Text + Kritik 10/11 (October 1965): 48-50. [from Canto CXIV with German translation by Eva Hesse]

Ezra Pound. Canto CX. Cambridge Mass.: As Sextant Press, 1965.

from Canto 115. Agenda. IV.2 (October/November 1965): 3.

[Two cantos] Niagara Frontier Review. 1 (Fall 1965/Spring 1966): 29-36. Contents: Canto CX-Canto 116.

Cantos 110-116. New York: Fuck You Press, 1967.


Cantos LXXII & LXXIII. Washington D.C. The Estate of Ezra Pound, 1973.

Canto LXXII. Presenza di F. T. Marinetti. [lines 9 through 35 of Canto LXXII omitting line 18]. La Marina Repubblicana. II.2 (15 January 1945): 2.

Canto LXXIII. Cavalcanti - Corrispondenza repubblicana. La Marina Repubblicana. II.3 (1 February 1945): 7.

Posthumous publications

1999 – Pound, Ezra and Dorothy Shakespear Pound. Shakespear’s Pound: Illuminated CantosIntroduction by Omar S. Pound. Nacogdoches, TX: LaNana Creek Press [Brookfield: Ashgate Publishing]. Cantos XXVIII-LI.

2003 – Pound, Ezra. The Pisan Cantos. Annotated and with an introduction by Richard Sieburth. New York: New Directions.

2015 – Pound, Ezra.  Posthumous Cantos. Ed. Massimo Bacigalupo.  Manchester: Carcanet Press. Print.

2015 – Pound Ezra. Canto IV [fragment with variants]. Richard Dean Taylor, 2015. Web.

Three Cantos I-III

Cantos in periodicals

A Draft of XXX Cantos

Eleven New Cantos XXXI-XLI

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