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




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


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



To Olga Rudge, 29 July 1931

YCAL 54, 11/270

Ziao, cara


Got one succulent morsel from ole Sraffa’s Rev/ Drit/ Commerciale. dunno if the field can be further woiked.


To Olga Rudge, 4 August 1931

YCAL 54, 11/271



letter from Zuk’s frien an musician Serly wantin I spose to convince me he is future of music// arrived in Paris, desires pleasure of conversation. amiable epistle.


To Olga Rudge, 20 August 1931

YCAL 54, 11/275



He thinks Mr T.Serly is prob. a good composer.


To Olga Rudge, 21 August 1931, Rapallo

YCAL 54, 11/276

Ziao, cara


Also putt in 3 hours with Serly on fewchoor of moozik 


To Olga Rudge, 22 August 1931

YCAL 54, 11/276

Ziao cara/

He has retyped his articles and done a bit of voise on mitteleuropa. Etc/ and translated his harmony supplement into henglish fer mr Serly Tibor. 


From Dorothy Pound, 7 September 1931

Lilly Library, Pound Mss. III, Box 2

Mao – Two Cantos today: I like them very much. They follow on well. You give curious difference in flavour between the beloved Quattrocento & 162=...


From Dorothy Pound, 8 September 1931

Lilly Library, Pound Mss. III, Box 2



Your two letters this a.m.

I may be able to take yr. Cantos in person to Whale [Frank Morley at Faber] – I will await further orders from you anyway – yes, I was feeling that they re-iterated, or balanced v. well.


A few spelling slips in Cantos I will send you list, from 34 A. C after receiving No. 3 to make sure none are intentional.</>

Am so glad you’ve done some more – no architecture in the period? all Siena much earlier?

Note: Siena was fresh in Dorothy’s mind - in the letter, she mentions a few postcards of the Palio which she intended to preserve carefully and bring back to Rapallo.


To Dorothy Pound, 10 September 1931

Lilly Library, Pound Mss. III, Box 2


Have got as far as Querini [Stampalia] ole H. Brown on Venetian trade rather good.


To Dorothy Pound, 4 October 1931

Lilly Library, Pound Mss. III, Box 2

I have now material for three canti / which with the three in XXX that aren’t in the folio, and the 3 in Pagany; makes as you might say nine towards vol. 3 of folio. so that one might have it ready some time next year. She can consider prob/ of the CAPS at her leisure.


To Dorothy Pound, 5 October [1931]

Lilly Library, Pound Mss. III, Box 2

He has done 2nd. version of the J. Q. Adams canto. With this I see a block of four. Have writ. Neumayer and Zuk. to dig up Van Buren'sautobiography. If by chance you see anyone or pass any other book shop, OR if it cd. be weedled out any library. [...] Martin VanBuren, somethingth pres. of the U. S. call it the 8th. only sometimes they count the 8 year ones double./// With 3. in the Hours XXX, 3 in Pagany; and the 4 in prospect, one is on the way towards the 3d. folio vol. 


To Dorothy Pound, 7 October [1931]

Lilly Library, Pound Mss. III, Box 2

Versions of two canti now in fairly good order. 



From Olga Rudge, 14 March [1933]

YCAL 54, 13/339

Ciao Amore – 


She had seen Canto XXXVII so when it arrived on top of her question to him re present american bank wuzzle she thought he had sent it again as answer – 

She has with her mss - of cantos XXXIV XXXV XXXVI & now XXXVII – in case he needs same –



To James Laughlin, 22 January 1934

L/JL 16

ALL right/ copies of 35/36 discovered. [...] If you havent already already printed 38/ the three ought to make a group/ you can add feetnote/ that 37 deals with Van Buren and has already been announced by the Chicago AshCan. [...] If 35/36/38 dont show main design at any rate they indicate variety of the opus. reflection on rereading carbon of 35 a few hours after pea/roozul of Btch/ and Bugl/ “: As 35 was done sometime ago its main purpose was NOT to annoy Mr Blackmur// but that incidental effect seems now almost unavoidable.”

Note. Bitch and Bugle was one of Pound’s derogatory names for the American literary magazine Hound & Horn (1927-1934), edited at various times by Richard Blackmur and Lincoln Kirstein. 


Cantos in periodicals

A Draft of XXX Cantos

Eleven New Cantos

The Fifth Decad

rsz toscana siena3 tango7174


confucius adams 2