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CANTO XL

CALENDAR OF COMPOSITION

 

 

From this short calendar of composition, it emerges that Pound began canto XL in April and finished it by August 1933.

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

Correspondence by Ezra Pound: (c) Mary de Rachewiltz and the Estate of Omar S. Pound. Reproduced by permission.

 

LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS

L/JL

Ezra Pound and James Laughlin: Selected Letters. Ed. David M. Gordon. New York: Norton, 1994.

YCAL

Beinecke Library, Olga Rudge Papers, YCAL 54 Series I. Box no/Folder no

 

1933

To Olga Rudge, [12? April 1933]

YCAL 54, 13/343

Ziao, amure.

He done what may be anuther 1/2 canto.

 

To Olga Rudge, [15 August 1933]

YCAL 54, 14/353

ZIAO/

He hazza vague idea he has busted the bak of Canto XL. and that the matière is mostly down/ tho needin squeezin.

 

To Olga Rudge, [18 August 1933]

YCAL 54, 14/354

Ziao, cara ’mure

He hasnt reread it; but thinks the pieces of XL probably make a canto.

 

To Olga Rudge, [24 August 1933]

YCAL 54, 14/355

Ziao; cara amure

Pluggink along with preparativi for XLI/ tho havent read over the draft of XL, a dunno quite how much it needs to drug it inteh shype.

 

1934

To J. Laughlin, 22 January 1934

L/JL 16

ALL right/ copies of 35/36 discovered. 

That dry twig, [Harriet Monroe] in Chicago is rooting on 37. 

38 you have. 

39 can’t be released save in vol/ 40 and 41... waal we’ll see how the club furnishing holds out.

 

Cantos LII - LXXI

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