Stone Cottage: Pound, Yeats, and Modernism by James LongenbachStone Cottage: Pound, Yeats, and Modernism by James Longenbach

Stone Cottage: Pound, Yeats, and Modernism

byJames Longenbach

Paperback | April 30, 1999

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Although readers of modern literature have always known about the collaboration of W.B. Yeats and Ezra Pound, the crucial winters these poets spent living together in Stone Cottage in Sussex (1913-1916) have remained a mystery. Working from a large base of previously unpublished material,James Longenbach presents for the first time the untold story of these three winters. Inside the secret world of Stone Cottage, Pound's Imagist poems were inextricably linked to Yeats's studies in spiritualism and magic, and early drafts of The Cantos reveal that the poem began in response to thesame esoteric texts that shaped Yeats's visionary system. At the same time, Yeats's autobiographies and Noh-style plays took shape with Pound's assistance. Having retreated to Sussex to escape the flurry of wartime London, both poets tracked the progress of the Great War and in response wrotepoems--some unpublished until now--that directly address the poet's political function. More than the story of a literary friendship, Stone Cottage explores the Pound-Yeats connection within the larger context of modern literature and culture, illuminating work that ranks with the greatestachievements of modernism.
James Longenbach is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Rochester.
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Title:Stone Cottage: Pound, Yeats, and ModernismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.27 × 5.51 × 1.02 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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"An excellent contribution to what is already known about a great literary friendship."--Choice