1. TLS-2 1 March 1933
Illmo/ Professore [Mario Hazon]
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titolo generale della serie
AN HISTORIC BACKGROUND FOR ECONOMICS
I. INTRODUCTION. FORMS OF THOUGHT IN TWO DIFFERENT SYSTEMS. WHY OR HOW A POET CAME TO BE DRAWN INTO ECONOMIC DISCUSSION.
II. PROBLEMS THAT HAVE BEEN THERE. ECONOMICS FOR MOHAMED, KUBLAI KHAN, THE MIDDLE AGES
III. THE TRANSITION
IV. ECONOMIC IDEAS OF THE EARLY AND CONSTRUCTIVE AMERICAN PRESIDENTS: JEFFERSON
V. JOHN QUINCY ADAMS
VI. MARTIN VAN BUREN
VII. THE “NEW” ECONOMICS IN ENGLAND
VIII. CONCLUSIONS part I.
IX. CONCLUSIONS part 2
X. WHAT LITERATURE HAS TO DO WITH IT. THE FUNCTION OF GOOD WRITING IN THE STATE.
Lectures I and X are general lectures for the public. Lectures II, III, IV, V and VI are principally for students. Lectures VII, VIII and IX are for such members of the general public as take any interest in economics.
1. This is the program of the lectures at the Università Commerciale Bocconi in Milan, which Pound delivered between March 21 and 31, 1933. This letter is reprinted from Gallesi, Turismo colto a Milano 120-1 which included the facsimile. According to Giano Accame, who reproduced it for the first time, it is addressed to Mario Hazon, Professor of English at the Bocconi.
2. The story of the Kublai paper money is told in Canto 18. The Khan’s wealth accrued from his monopoly of gold and precious stones. His subjects had to deal in paper money, which cost the emperor nothing to create. See also Pound’s article, “Kublai Khan and His Currency” published in the New Age in May 1920 (SP 204-6).
Gallesi, Luca, ed. Ezra Pound e il turismo colto a Milano. Milano: Ares, 2001. 120-1.
Pound, Ezra. Ezra Pound’s Economic Correspondence 1933-1940. Ed. Roxana Preda. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2007. 63-64.
Pound, Ezra. “Kublai Khan and His Currency.” In Selected Prose 1909-1965. Ed. William Cookson. New York: New Directions, 1973. 204-6. See also the article reproduced in The Cantos Project.