Collection of material relating to Ezra Pound's Italian wartime broadcasts, comprising:
(i) Series of nine typed and autograph letters signed, to Alessandro Tasca (Alessandro Tasca, principe di Cutò, dubbed by Pound "Mr Al Sanders"), concerning the broadcasts, being produced by Tasca, discussing the minutiae as well as general outlines ("...announceress COULD (in utopia) say. You will now hear: the Overture to King Bungo in Sardis, a talk by Ez. P... and the intemezzo from whatever slop has been decided on... AFTER the whole shot, the anounceress can say. Dr Pound's talk was preceded by Mozart or whatever, and you have just heard the bugwash... As far as interesting the hearer it WOULD be OB/bloody/viously be more use to tell his something such as: Wherever the british go, there is famine. Or We fight for keatings powder. Than to tell him, what I have just told him, namely that: Ezra Pound has just spoken.; I always announce myself and finish with 'Ezra Pound speaking'. so that even the bumbest damb bumdunny dont need to be told that again. god hellup all pore sailors..."), as well as the wider events of the war; reacting, for example, on 22 April to news of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising which had broken out three days earlier: "WHEREAS these (2 millyum or whatever) polloks are poifikly aware that the shit=faced sow in the Hite Whouse pushed on the arse=faced shits in London to push the ass=eared idiots in Warsaw into gettin funny, making promises & guarantees they never intended to keep/ it seems unlikely that the dear american poles will vote for Roosenstein and his mudmutted kikes at the next election"; with the recipient's penciled comments on one letter ("No!"), where Pound suggests: "I think we might go for the jews in first dialog", and evidence of a growing rift ("...It amounts to bloody sabotage of two years of my work. 2 years of my time & starting before you arrived... You arent omniscient..."), 9 pages, the first five letters on paper headed with the woodcut Gaudier-Brzeska hierarchic headed, minor creasing, marginal tears etc. (one note written on low-quality paper), but overall in fine condition, folio and 4to, Rapallo, 1943
(ii) Seven typed letters signed, to Tasca, written in 1959, when back in Italy after his release from St Elizabeth's, while Tasca was working in the film business ("...Ain' yu wastin' yr/ time in the cinEma?..."), and showing Pound in a more amenable light, including reflections on his earlier conduct and the charges of treason that had been levelled against him ("...Sekkertary suggests you repeat statement.... Belief in free expression of opinion, on part of those qualified. Promise to E.P. not to ask him to say anything contrary to conscience or his duties as U.S. citoyen (if you ever knew that detail)..."); plus three envelopes, 7 pages, minor creasing, marginal tears etc., but overall in fine condition, 4to, Rapallo, 1959
(iii) Retained carbon typescripts of four of Tasca's letters to Pound, written after his return to Italy in 1959 ("...Another cousin of mine has just had published a book that has been very well received (I think it very fine) 'Il Gattopardo'. Unfortunately he hasn't the pleasure to enjoy its success as he died last year. I wanted to translate it into english but it seems that the widow not knowing what she really had relinquished all her rights..."), plus a draft and final copy of the statement sent to Pound on their wartime broadcasts ("...I chuckle when I think as time went by and I was promoted first to Assistant and then to Chief of the American Bureau, I became 'gerarchicamente' your boss! As if a man like you could have a boss. As if anyone could edit your writings or suggest that you follow a 'given line'... I never saw or heard of you changing one comma of anything you had written unless you felt like doing it. Never did I, or anyone else I know of, ever give you any instructions on what to say. I once remarked that I was convinced that you used the microphones of Rome Radio as a personal convenience to expound YOUR theories and YOUR thoughts..."), 8 pages, 4to, Rome, 1959
(iv) Pound's copy of the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, translated by Victor E. Marsden, inscribed in pencil "Pound/ Rapallo" and marked throughout in the margins in pencil, pen and coloured crayons, upper wrapper loose, 8vo, Britons Publishing Society, 1936
(v) Postcard format half-tone photograph of Pound in dark shirt, with typed on the reverse: "to recognize the ancient remains if unexpectedly encountered"
(vi) Printed prospectus for Pound's Introductory Text Book, with his autograph inscription: "To Mr Al Sanders, with the author's anxieties.8/VI 1959", bifolium, 8vo
(vii) Printed programme for celebrations by the Franco-Italian Friendship Society for centenary celebrations in 1959 of the Second War of Independence, with Pound's typed annotation: "France's welcome to Garibaldi a bit delayed./ Lions are absoLOOTLY non-political but Delacroix ain't invited./ Forget whom I prepared these comments fro but they are fit fer yr/ Eye"
(viii) Printed booklets: Confucio Studio Integrale, 1942 Rapallo XX, Scuola Tipografica Orfanotrofio Emiliani; and Mostra Delle Edizioni Poundiane 1908-1958, 1958
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