Stone Cottage

Stone Cottage : Pound, Yeats and the Secret Society of Modernism

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Between 1913 and 1916 Ezra Pound and W.B.Yeats spent three winters living together in a small cottage at the edge of Ashdown Forest in Sussex. The chronicle of these years is the story of how the interaction between Pound and Yeats was a seminal part of the rise of Anglo-American literary modernism. Together, they established many of the practices and, more importantly, the aristocratic tone that would characterize modernist literature for many years to come. Working from a large base of unpublished material, this study will force us to alter some of the most established aspects of the mythology of literary modernism: in particular, Yeats is shown to have been the prime mover in the effort to "make it new"; in more general terms, the book reveals how the rise of literary modernism became inextricably bound with contemporaneous developments in twentieth century politics. Unpublished letters and poems , for example, make explicit for the first time the two poets' direct reaction to the first World War. Along with such events, the state of literary modernism as a whole is considered, along with authors such as Eliot, Joyce, Blunt, Lowell, Moore and Stevens.
Readership: those interested in the history of twentieth-century literature
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  • Hardback | 346 pages
  • 144.78 x 213.36 x 33.02mm | 498.95g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195049543
  • 9780195049541

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