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Ezra Pound: Poet: I: The Young Genius 1885-1920 (Anglais) Relié – 11 octobre 2007

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Revue de presse

The most intelligent and learned biography to date of one of the twentieth century's most divisive and influential writers. (John Bolin, Notes & Queries 55.4)

Moody's achievement is to take us back to the poems themselves where, we now clearly see, the real drama, intellectual and emotional, was taking place. (Peter Nicolls, Modernism/Modernity 15.3)

Moody's first volume is absolutely luminous. I'm tempted to say that this, folks, is biography as it ought to be written. (Mark Scroggins, Culture Industry)

Suceeds, often brilliantly - providing thoughtful insights into everything from the derivative mysticism...to the artful translation (Samuel Hughes, Pennsylvania Gazette)

A skilled and patient tracker who not only finds the choicest details but does a masterful job of putting them in context (Samuel Hughes, Pennsylvania Gazette)

A Monumental biography...a first-of-its-kind of Poet Ezra Pound. (Denise J. Stankovics, Library Journal)

An erudite jurist who takes all the evidence into account. (Samuel Hughes, Pennsylvania Gazette.)

A carefully researched and documented study; recommended for academic libraries. (Denise J. Stankovics, Library Journal)

The most detailed portrayal of Pound's life to date...the fullest, most intelligent, biography of Pound. (Rebecca Beasley, Review of English Studies)

The imposing first volume of A. David Moody's biography of Exra Pound [is a] dense and clever and generally sympathetic study. (Christopher Hitchens, The Atlantic)

Gripping volume. (Geordie Williamson, The Australian)

Fine biography (Richard King, Australian literary Review)

David Moody's splendidly researched and well-written book is greatly needed. (Tim Redman, Dallas Morning News)

Moody must now be considered among the best readers of modernist poetry...If you wish to understand why Pound is so important, Mr Moody is the indispensable guide. (Tim Redman, Dallas Morning News)

This is a long, slow book, but as the detail accumulates one's respect for it deepens. (Frank Kermode, New York Review of Books.)

The enterprise as a whole is immensely impressive. (Stephen Wilson, Dublin Review of Books 4)

Moody writes with lucid charm. (Tom D'Evelyn, The Providence Journal Books)

Patient, intelligent, and prudently sympathetic. (Louis Menand, The New Yorker)

Elegant but unaffected prose...admirable biography. (Jonathan Gharraie, The Oxonian Review of Books VII.2)

Brilliant first volume. (Steven Schwartz, The Weekly Standard)

Moody's life of Pound is a triumph. (Charles Lock, The Powys Journal, Vol. XVIII)

Less a biography than a semester-long course in Pound taught by the smart and sympathetic Professor Emeritus A.David Moody/ (Bob Blaidell, American books Review 29.6)

It is safe to say that this biography is to be considered required reading for Pound Scholars. (Trevor Sawler, Nashwaak Review 20-21)

Mr Moody's decision to treat both life and work is admirable. (William H. Pritchard, Washington Times)

Pound's poetry is difficult, but as Moody demonstrates in the biography, it is worth the effort. (Trevor Sawler, Nashwaak Review 20-21.)

In sorting out all Pound's contradictions and complexities, Moody...is invaluable. he knows more about Pound's poetry then probably anyone else alive. (Charles McGrath, New York Times Book Review)

Invaluable to the non-specialist. (Alan Halsey, Stride Magazine)

Moody's greatest feat here is to write plainly and open doors to poetry that is beautiful, musical and harmonic as it is inscrutable to readers no versed in the traditions and historical allusions Pound referenced by the dozen. (Matt King, Santa Cruze Sentinel)

Moody shows a masterful command of Pound's work and its progression, from 'A Lume Spento' in 1908 to 'Hugh Selwyn Mauberley' in 1920...Overall he treats his subject and the facts with great respect and precision...His mastery of his subject is impressive, and Pound's lide story does not fail to fascinate. (Mary Dixie Carter, Philadelphia Enquirer)

Once Pound sails into the enigmatic, strangely beautiful seas of his mature work, Moody confidently peels away layer after exquisite layer of irony. (Jamie James, Los Angeles Times)

He marshals Pound's staggering output of poetry, prose and correspondence to excellent effect, and offers clear, perceptive commentary on it. (The Economist.)

The first volume of this grand opus is a significant event. (Andrew Motion, Guardian)

In this dense and fastidious critical biography, A. David Moody ... brings both scholarship and good humour to the task. (Sam Leith, Spectator)

A splendid volume of the first part of Pound's life. (Margaret Speak, Telegraph)

A definitive new biography. (Bryce Christensen, Booklist)

This serious, serching biography. (Michael Kerrigan, The Scotsman)

The story of Pound's early years is riveting, and well told by David Moody. (Mark Ford, Financial Times)

An authoritative and discriminating account, built on thoroughgoing research. (Michael Alexander, The Tablet)

First-rate academic biography. by a biographer who does understand the poetry...the young genius has at last found a biographer who is up to the job. (Michael Alexander, The Tablet)

Biographers are not usually literary critics, Moody is a good one, and his comments on the poetry are reliable and illuminating. (Michael Alexander, The Tablet.)

This exemplary biography illuminates and exposes him with his warts and contradicitons intact. (Andrew Biswell, Times Higher Education Supplement)


Moody's fine biography...makes young Ezra newly impressive and newly appealing. (Kevin Jackson, The Sunday Times)

In Moody's wonderful first instalment of the Pound story...it is the poetry that takes centre stage. (Jonathan Wright, The Herald)

Countless incisive readings of his early output provide revelatory glimpses of Pound's struggle to find his authenitic voice. (Jonathan Wright, The Herald)

A very satisfying biography. (Jonathan Wright, The Herald)

Makes the young poet newly impressive and appealing. (Sunday Times)

David Moody's life of Ezra Pound is, at last, the ambitious, energetic biography the poet deserves. (Andrew Motion, Sunday Times)

The story of Pound's early years is riveting, and well told by David Moody. (Mark Ford, Financial Times Magazine)

The first volume of this grand opus is a significant event. (Andrew Motion, Guardian Book of the Week)

Professor David Moody...here portrays the first half of this astonishing poet's astonishing life. It is an authoritative and discriminating account, built on thoroughgoing research. (Michael Alexander, The Tablet)

Moody's fine biography... makes the young Ezra Pound newly impressive and newly appealing. (Kevin Jackson, Sunday Times)

[Moody] marshals Pound's staggering output of poetry, prose and correspondence to excellent effect, and offers clear, perceptive commentary on it. (The Economist)

Moody communicates the central truth of this odd, driven life: that Pound lived for poetry, and lived his life according to what he saw as its demands. (Peter McDonald, Literary Review)

This exemplary biography illuminates and exposes [Pound] with his warts and contradictions intact. (Andrew Biswell, THES)

a splendid volume (Yorkshire Post)

A serious searching biography. (The Scotsman)

wonderful first instalment of the Pound story... a very satisfying biography. (Jonathan Wright, The Herald (Glasgow))

Any biographer of Ezra Pound needs a clear head, a cool dispassionate style, and first-rate literary-critical powers ... David Moody has all three. (Paul Dean, The New Criterion)

After this brilliant opening instalment, David Moody's treatment of the sequal cannot come too soon. (Paul Dean, The New Criterion.)

Moody's detailed narrative...tries to recapture the excitingness and literary brilliance of the colourful young troubadour (Stefan Collini, TLS)

Présentation de l'éditeur

This first volume of what will be a full-scale portrait presents Ezra Pound as a very determined and energetic young genius setting out to make his way both as a poet and as a force for civilization in England and America in the years before, during and just after the 1914-18 war. In a clear and lively narrative A. David Moody weaves a story of Pound's early life and loves; of his education in America; of his apprentice years in London, devoted to training himself to be as a good and powerful a poet as he had it in him to become; of his learning there from W. B.Yeats and Ford Madox Hueffer, then forming his own Imagiste group, and going on from that to join with Wyndham Lewis in his Vorticism, and to link up also with James Joyce and T. S. Eliot to create the modernist vortex in the midst of the 1914-18 war. We see Pound scraping a living by writing prose for individualist and socialist periodicals, and emerging as not only an inspired literary critic, but as a critic of music and society as well. Above all, Moody shows Pound's evolution as a poet from the derivative idealism and aestheticism of his precocious youth into the truly original author of Homage to Sextus Propertius and Hugh Selwyn Mauberley. We find Pound established by 1920 as a force for revolution in poetry; as a force for the liberation of the individual from stifling conventions; and as a force for renaissance in America. We find him becoming committed, moreover, to the reform of the capitalist system in the name of economic justice for all. This is the first biography to put Pound's poetry at the heart of his existence, where he himself placed it, and to view his extraordinarily active life, his loves, and his creative effort, as a single complex drama. The altogether new and comprehensive account of all of his poems, from the earliest through Cathay and up to Hugh Selwyn Mauberley and the first Cantos, will illuminate his poetry and make it more accessible. With that there is an exceptionally clear and cogent analysis of the ideas informing his Imagisme and his Vorticism; and of the ideas informing his commitments to the freedom and fulfilment of the individual, to a cultural renaissance, and to social and economic reform. The poetry, the prose writings, and the personal life are all woven together into a brilliant narrative portrait of the poet as a young man. The second volume, The Epic Years, carries on the narrative of his life and works from 1921, the year in which he took up residence in Paris.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good account of Pound's life. 14 février 2014
Par G. Emad - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
it brings out the importance of this poet and writer. The information about this poet is sometimes vey boring because it goes into unnecessary details. For example I found the account Dorothy Shakespeare and her various relations irrelevant. But for the most part it is a knowledgeable presentation of Pound's life and work.

The printed text though needs a great deal of copy editing. Some grammatical mistakes could have been avoided by doing that.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 The Latest Pound Biography 2 mars 2008
Par William C. Pratt - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Ezra Pound: Poet I: The Young Genius 1885-1920
If you want the fullest account of Pound's life to date, start with this volume. It is the first of two volumes and will when complete be more detailed than any biography of the poet so far. If you want to understand why Ezra Pound deserves a biography of this magnitude, read Pound. Almost all his works in poetry and prose are in print, a third of a century after his death. Few writers can claim such longevity. Pound is here to stay, because for all his faults he was a great poet--a highly eccentric and controversial personality, as this biography shows, but a great poet nevertheless.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Poet's Biography 30 octobre 2013
Par Henry Porter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
That is to say, it is a biography that any practicing poet should read, particularly young poets... and middle-aged poets... and old poets. And especially poets who love Pound and poets who hate Pound (and, it goes without saying, that substantial group of poets who both love and hate Pound).

I read this exceptional biography side-by-side with the Library of America's Ezra Pound: Poems and Translations (Ezra Pound Translations Library America which I would highly recommend, particularly as a method of approaching Pound's early verse. I got so much out of Volume 1 of this biography that I am actually anxious lest something untoward happen to A. David Moody before he can complete Volume 2.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Ezra Pound: Poet by A. David Moody / An American Poet's Review by Carolyn Grassi 22 avril 2008
Par Carolyn M. Grassi - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
A Portrait of the Man & His Work
Volume I The Young Genius 1885-1920
by A. David Moody
Oxford University Press, 2007

As an admirer of A. David Moody's outstanding book, T.S. Eliot: Poet, I eagerly picked up his Ezra Pound: Poet, Volume l. Once again, Moody is a masterful guide-- this time illuminating in detail the evolution of the young Pound as poet of the famed "Cantos." A fascinating pleasurable read for sure thanks to Moody's fine prose and brilliant insights. We travel, as it were, into Pound's intensely self-confident readings and studies of poetry in his Pennsylvania college years. Learn how Pound thought of himself as a future inventor of a new kind of poetry via Pound's uniquely self-directed study, or apprenticeship to the works of the troubadours, Browning, Yeats, Homer, Sextus Propertius, Confucius, Li Po, Rihaku, Calvalcanti and primarily of Dante. Also, Moody situates Pound in the places influencing his future writings-- his American origins, his times in Paris and southern France and primarily, in this Volume I, Pound's years in England. For in London Pound's experiments in poetry, his drawing on currents from the above mentioned writers, will help create such movements in poetry itself, as Imagisime and Vorticism.

Moody presents Pound, the eclectic conversationalist, colorfully dressed figure, the boundlessly generous friend on behalf of other writers (Yeats, Joyce, Eliot). He is seen as constantly appealing to patrons, as John Quinn of New York, for financial support for other artists. Bluntly outspoken, as well, Pound confronts any writer, publisher or critic, he considered out-of-date obstacles to the emerging new poetry. His conviction that the arts will transform the world was unswerving. For Pound, the arts, and especially poetry were intimately woven into the fabric of everything else of value-- history, economics, music, painting, publications, politics, education, etc.

Towards the end of Moody's Volume I, he shows us the shape and content of Pound's great work to come: "The Cantos." This is a key section, where Moody reveals Pound's path as clearly revolutionary for his own work and for modern poetry itself. And though we have only the first seven cantos (in this Volume I), not yet fully developed by Pound at that stage, Moody whets our appetite for the future "Cantos" (and for Pound: Poet Volume II).

At the completion of Moody's clear and wide-ranging account of Pound's development as a young poet we stand, as if impatiently watching Ezra and Dorothy pack their bags for the move from London to Italy-- future home for the creation of Pound's "Cantos." "On with it!"-- we cheer poet and critic.
A final comment-- this is a "must read" for any Pound scholar or aficionado. And for those, as myself, who have stumbled over Pound's poetry and often given up; now we have Moody's sensitive and intelligent guidance into that mysterious complex world of Pound's poetry. I think A. David Moody's Ezra Pound: Poet is the best possible happening for Pound's poetry, since it first appeared.
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