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Posts Tagged ‘Ezra Pound’

Ezra Pound Said There Were Six Kinds of Writers

ezrapoundThe great modernist poet Ezra Pound said that there were six kinds of writers — inventors, masters, diluters, good writers without salient qualities, Writers of belles-lettres and the starters of crazes.

Brainpickings.org has outlined Pound’s opinions about writers as shared in various works originally published in 1913 and 1934. In the post, they also share Pound’s tips for writers on reading criticism. Check it out:

Until the reader knows the first two categories he will never be able ‘to see the wood for the trees’. He may know what he ‘likes’. He may be a ‘compleat book-lover’, with a large library of beautifully printed books, bound in the most luxurious bindings, but he will never be able to sort out what he knows to estimate the value of one book in relation to others, and he will be more confused and even less able to make up his mind about a book where a new author is ‘breaking with convention’ than to form an opinion about a book eighty or a hundred years old.

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Get a Free Copy of Poetry Magazine

The Poetry Foundation will offer free copies of Poetry magazine in celebration of National Poetry Month 2013.

Sign up online to receive your free copy. Individuals, book clubs and reading groups must send in a request by March 24th.  Please note that each recipient (individuals or groups) will receive up to ten free copies only.

Here’s more from the release: “The April 2013 issue of Poetry includes new poems by Adam Kirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Eavan Boland, Michael Robbins, Randall Mann, Dean Young, Lucie Brock-Broido, and J.T. Barbarese; prose by Christina Pugh; first appearances by Anna Maria Hong, Gwyneth Lewis, Mary Moore Easter, and Jamaal May; and the continuation of the feature ‘A Few More Don’ts,’ (commemorating Ezra Pound’s famous ‘A Few Don’ts by an Imagiste’) featuring Marjorie Perloff, William Logan, and Sina Queyras.”

Big Deal for Historical Novel on Hemingway’s Wife

newbio4.gifNovelist Paula McLain just sold a novel about the life of Ernest Hemingway‘s first wife, reportedly landing a half-million dollar deal.

According to the NY Observer, Random House executive editor Susanna Porter bought the historical novel about the relationship between Hadley Richardson and Hemingway (pictured via, circa World War I). Agent Julie Barer sealed the deal.

The article explains how the book follows “the five-year period after World War I during which Richardson and Hemingway, who was in his 20s, were married and living as expats in Paris alongside Lost Generation writers like Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and Sherwood Anderson.”