The Edinburgh Companion to Ezra Pound and the Arts

December 5, 2020
The Edinburgh Companion to Ezra Pound and the Arts

Showcases Ezra Pound’s close involvement with the artsthroughout his careerThe present volume of new, interdisciplinary scholarshipinvestigates the arts with which Pound had a lifelong interactionincluding architecture, ballet, cinema, music, painting,photography and sculpture. Divided into 5 historically andthematically arranged sections, the 28 chapters foreground theshifting significance of art forms throughout Pound’s life which hespent in London, Paris, Rapallo and Washington.The Companion maps Pound’s practices of engagement with thearts, deepening areas of study that have recently emerged, such ashis musical compositions. At the same time, it opens up new fields,particularly Pound’s interaction with the performing arts: opera,dance, and cinema. The volume demonstrates overall that Ezra Poundwas no mere spectator of the modernist revolution in the arts;rather he was an agent of change, a doer and promoter who also hada deep emotional response to the arts.Key Features:The first book to gather together all the different aspects ofthe subject of Pound and the artsChapters are devoted to topics never covered before: (cinema;political anarchism; early music; Agnes Bedford; the artists Munch,Lekakis, Martinelli, Frampton)Presents the ways Pound’s interests and activities in the artschange over time in a continuous story, from his beginnings to hisold ageIncludes portraits of friendships and short biographies ofartists connected to Pound, showing his personal impact in the artsworld