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Pratt author of book on Ezra Pound

William Pratt (professor emeritus, English) is the author of Ezra Pound and the Making of Modernism, published in November by AMS Press. The book is part of an AMS Studies in Modern Literature series.

The book’s 10 essays present a chronological evaluation of Pound’s influence on 20th century poetry. The text traces Modernism’s origins back to Pound’s launching of Imagism in 1912 and follows his impact on the developing movement from his early aesthetic declarations and his friendships with other Modernist poets, especially Yeats and Eliot. Pratt also describes Pound’s evolution as a poet and the effects of residencies in France, Italy and America on his writing and presents a critical discussion of Pound’s artistic intentions, expanded through reference to Pound’s private letters and Pratt’s reminiscences of meeting with the poet and his wife, Dorothy.

Through Pratt’s informed study, according to the AMS announcement, Pound emerges as an innovator of historical import, an exceptionally gifted editor and an influential educator of other poets: a true Father of Modernism.

Pratt taught at Miami from 1957 to 1998; his specialty was modern poetry.

Date Published: 12/13/2007
Volume: 27   Number: 12

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