The Pound Newsletter, nos. 1, 2, 3, & 6. Ezra Pound, John Edwards, Robin Blaser William Vasse, eds.

The Pound Newsletter, nos. 1, 2, 3, & 6

Berkeley: English Department, University of California, Berkeley, 1954-1955. First edition. Four issues, each 4to, mimeographed on rectos only and stapled in upper left corner.

An important newsletter for Pound scholars and enthusiasts in the mid-1950s, during the period when Pound was imprisoned at St. Elizabeths. The newsletter helped catalyze a new wave of Pound scholarship, especially by younger poets and scholars. Barnisel notes that the editors intended the publication to be "An effective and and continuing means by which those interested in the achievement of Ezra Pound may meet to inform and to keep informed" - to this end it listed subscriber's addresses, so that they could correspond with each other - the newsletter thus serving as something of a fanzine for Pound.

The periodical is also interesting for its relation to Berkeley Renaissance poetics. The poet Robin Blaser was an editorial assistant for a number of issues, including no. 3 in this lot.

The masthead's list of "correspondents" includes Augusto and Haraldo de Campos, Mary de Rachewiltz, Eva Hesse, and Hugh Kenner.

Issue no. 3 includes translations of poems by Pound into Portuguese (by Augusto and Haroldo de Campos), Italian (by Mary de Rachewiltz) Swedish (by Lars Forssell), French (by Rene Laubies). Issue 6 is devoted to the Cantos, and includes articles by Guy Davenport and D. D. Paige.

Paper toned, very heavily to the fold line of no. 3, with one ink notation in the text, creasing, and folding, but good to very good. Item #25298