POUND, EZRA (1885-1972, American poet)
PORTRAIT BY ALVIN LANGDON COBURN (1882-1966), photogravure, head and shoulders, half turned to the left looking back into the camera, framed and glazed, size of image 8 x 6 inches (20 x15 cm), overall size 13 x 11 inches (35 x 27 cm), [from 'More Men of Mark', 1922]
This image is from the book form of More Men of Mark, 1922, with the image separately tipped onto the mounting sheet, not from the proof set with handwritten inscriptions by Coburn.
In his introduction to More Men of Mark, Coburn wrote the following about Pound and the shoot: 'Then there was Ezra Pound! But why do I speak of him in the past tense? Is not our Ezra always with us? At almost every private view of the very latest thing in Super-Modern Art are not his Leonine Mane and Large Lapis Coat Buttons to be found at the very heart and centre of the Vortex? Who in nine short years has displayed so great a variety of beard and moustache? Surely only a cubist of the deepest dye could do full justice to this unique tonsorial achievement! And does he not write poetry which makes prim of ladies gasp, and, at times, prose which only the elect can comprehend? Yet, withal, our Ezra is a fine fellow - a terrible adversary, but a staunch friend. Always ready to break a lance in the cause of genius unrecognised, and never does he miss an opportunity of pouring his stinging sarcasm on their smug complacency of successful mediocrity. Hence he is not always loved by the little nonentities who hang like barnacles on the great good ship of Art and Letters. Those who look for Truth in whatever form it may be clothed, surely theirs is the rough sea and the storms thereof. But some are happier battling with the elements than in a snug harbour, so I say let the good fight go on, and may the best man win.'
REFERENCE: Alvin Langdon Coburn, More Men of Mark, 1922.