THE CANTOS OF EZRA POUND
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New York. New Directions. 1983. Ninth Printing. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine with slight tanning over time. Jacket Condition: Near Fine, slight wear. 803 pp.
This 1983 edition of Ezra Pound's epic, unfinished Cantos collection is a generous volume that captures the rich texture of geographic, cultural, and historical that inspire Pound's extensive poem. Pound's "songs" were controversial for their time and the time long after, for both the writer's personal politics as well as for the text's lack of organization or sense of an ending. The phases of The Cantos' drafts and publications, collected from over a fifty-year period, dutifully represent the development of a writer's voice into what would come to define him as the icon who, nonetheless, is credited for his contribution to a distinctly modernist poetics.