Novák is Associate Professor at the Department of American
Studies, University of Szeged, Hungary.
Previously unpublished material by Ezra Pound Copyright © 1998 by
Mary de Rachewiltz and Omar S. Pound. Used by permission of New
Directions Publishing Corporation, agents. Previously unpublished
material by Tibor Serly Copyright © 1998 by Mrs Tibor Serly and used
by kind permission of Mrs. Miriam Serly. Manuscripts held in the
Yale Ezra Pound Archives, in Lilly Library used by courtesy of The
Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and
Manuscript Library, Yale University and Lilly Library, Indiana
University, Bloomington, IN, respectively.
from Mrs. Serly, September 18, 1986.
The American Roots of Ezra Pound. New York & London: Garland
Publishing, Inc., 1985, and Ezra Pound in London and Paris:
1908-1925. Pittsburgh: Pennsylvania University Press, 1990.
references are in connection with Zukofsky's visit to Rapallo (p.
64), Pound's 1939 visit to New York (p. 151), and Canto 35, which
mentions Serly as 'Mr. Fidacz' (p. 99.).
Saturday night,' Serly told me, 'Pound came in a great rush of
confusion to my place — he was to go to Hamilton College the next
day to receive a honorary degree and had no black shoes, just the
big brown shoes he always wore. My feet were too small, but I think
I finally found a pair to fit him.'" (Norman 1960, pp. 366-367;
Norman 1968, pp. 41-42.)
interview was made on November 4, 1976 in Budapest on Serly's last
visit there. A copy of the recording and the transcript are now
deposited in the Vasvary Collection (Somogyi Library, Szeged). See
also Novák 1982, 218.
manuscript and typescript letters and articles are printed here as
they are in the original, without any changes or corrections.
Bedford (1892-1969), English pianist and vocal coach. Pound turned
to her for musical advice and assistance throughout his life. She
helped him with his Le Testament; Pound sent her Cavalcanti, his second opera for comment; he dictated his own
music to her. Their correspondence on musical affairs extended up to
1959. See, e.g. Schafer 1977, p. 484.
Laughlin (1914-1997), poet, Pound's pupil at the "Ezuversity" in
1934, owner of the publishing house New Directions.
was the letter, rather than his first, that really "roasted" Antheil.
Cf. Pound/Laughlin, p. 25n.
C871) Il Mare, XXV. 1223 (20 Aug, 1932), 4. English
translation: Schafer, p. 335-336. — Schafer erroneously dates the
article to 1933 (p. 335. n.29.).
suggestions as librettos for operas included even such exotic texts
as that of Beowulf (see Zukofsky's letter to Pound, September 8,
1930, Pound/Zukofsky, p. 42.) — which will not sound so out
of the ordinary if one thinks of his translation of "Seafarer".
o verbale" (Gallup C1526), Meridiano di Roma, IV. 47 (26
November 1939) 3. English translation: Schafer, p. 454.
p. 150. For Zukofsky's visit, see Norman 1960, pp. 316-319; Stock,
p. 388; Novák 1982, 211-217; Tytell, p. 230 (misdating the visit to
early spring); Carpenter, p. 483 (claiming that Zukofsky made the
trip at his own expense); Wilhelm, p. 64.
f4975. The file in the Pound Archives is dated "30 Nov 33-24 Apr
a full account of the concerts, see Schafer, pp. 331ff.
"Stagione musicale del Tigullio. I concerti di Febbraio: Il successo
di ieri sera" (Gallup C1440), Il Mare, XXXI. 1506 (January
22, 1938), 2. English translation: Schafer, p. 433.
Tigulliana progettata. Inverno Musicale" (Gallup C1101), Il Mare,
XXVII. 1334 (October 6, 1934), 1. English translation: Schafer, p.
366. — The planned concerts included Bartók's 3rd and 4th String
Quartets, Serly's String Quartet and Sonata for viola and piano.
while sense of time-space in the violin sonata is essentially
masterful and probably his own, has done much bird-stuffing with
folksongs of Hungary.'" — "All of which appears to me to be very
good sense," commented Pound. "George Antheil" (Gallup C660),
Criterion, II. 7 (April 1924), 331; Antheil, pp. 60, 61;
Schafer, p. 264.
[Serly] and I are at a deadlock re the relative status of Stravinsky
and Bartok, or rather, my ignorance of most of Bartok's later work
(apart from the fourth quartet, done here by the Gertler team)
disqualifies me from having anything but a tentative estimate of
Bartok and a willingness to lean upon opportunity. [...] Serly
swears that Bartok has attained a comparable sanity. I don't believe
it, but shall be delighted to find it true. Among composers whose
work I have heard, Stravinsky is the only living musician from whom
I can learn my own job." "Tibor Serly, Composer" (Gallup C1173),
The New English Weekly, March 28, 1935, p. 495. For the other,
lengthier and more favourable references by Pound to Bartók, see,
especially, "Mostly Quartets" (Gallup C1371), Listener, XVI.
405 (October 14, 1936), 743-744; "Ligurian View of a Venetian
Festival" (Gallup C1389), Music & Letters, XVIII. 1 (January,
1937), 36-41; "'Amici del Tigullio': Il nuovo Quartetto Ungherese
nel gran salone municipale di Rapallo, Giovedě 18" (Gallup C1393),
Il Mare, XXX 1457 (February 13, 1937); Guide to Kulchur,
22, 1935; LL Pound mss II. — Agnes Bedford indeed liked Serly, see
Dorothy Pound to Ezra Pound, July 12 and July 17, 1935; LL Pound mss
II. The Gertlers played modern Hungarian music: Bartók's first and
fourth String Quartets and Tibor Serly's String Quartet (Schafer, p.
Pound to Serly [March?35]; BRBL-EPA f1611. [the transcription
follows the characters on the typed carbon copy] — The article is
not listed in Gallup. The Beinecke Library, however, keeps what
appears to be a typed draft of the article in Italian, written
probably by Pound himself.
Per discrivere la Sinfonie Concertante bisognerebbe un
articolo di fondo, cioé discutere la composizione in se, poi
l'essecuzione. Notiamo che in un certo punto, considerando le tre
nazionalita dei essecutori, si stava speculando se il suono
relativamente ignoto, strano, sucoso della viola, non era veramente
l'anima tzigana, ma guardando, si vedeva ch in quel' instante il
viola taceva e la Rudge rispondeva col violino a quel suono esotico? (BRBL-EPA f4974)
C1173), New English Weekly, VI. 24 (28 Mar. 1935) 495.
Pound to Dorothy Pound, July 5, 1935; Dorothy Pound to Ezra Pound,
July 12, 1935; Pound to Dorothy Pound, July 14, 1935; Pound to
Dorothy Pound, July 20, 1935 — LL Pound mss II.
his letters to Pound on June 17, and September 25, 1936; BRBL-EPA
Serly to Pound July 23, August 29, and September 9, 1936; BRBL-EPA
Serly to Pound, June 26, August 19, 1937; BRBL-EPA f1612.
Serly to Pound, September 20, 1938; BRBL-EPA f1612.
to Pound, August 24, September 14, October 23, 1939; BRBL-EPA f1612;
Pound to Serly, August 26, September 5, 1939; private collection.
Novák 1982; Letters, pp. 326-327.