Facsimile edition of six of Pound’s manuscript notebooks for Drafts & Fragments, presenting Pound’s earliest concept for the Paradiso section that ends his Cantos. This edition is so true to the original that the reader will want to touch each page to feel the impression of Pound’s pen in the paper, the dampness of his fresh ink, his embossed address, the pasted-in postage stamps.
For years, five of these six notebooks were hidden away in a bank vault where they remained until after his death. Pound had given a sixth inscribed notebook to Marcella Spann Booth, whose copy was also stored away from public view. Booth, who studied with Pound in his “Ezrology” class at St. Elizabeths Hospital and collaborated with him on the Confucius to Cummings anthology, served as his secretary while he worked in these notebooks.
A supplemental volume includes a preface by Glenn Horowitz, along with Introduction and Notes on the Manuscripts by Booth. All texts present information new to scholars regarding the history of the manuscripts that lead to Drafts & Fragments.
Limited to five hundred copies printed on Mohawk paper under the direction of Jerry Kelly.