An Introduction to the Online Bibliography of Italian Pound Studies (OBIPS)
In beginning to compile an annotated bibliography of books, articles and essays written on Ezra Pound in Italian, I have come to appreciate the urgency of this project more and more—as well as the need to briefly introduce and publicize it. The chief concern is the uncertain quality of records that are barely a decade old, a situation which makes me think that there is a need to lay the groundwork for this first attempt at a complete bibliography as soon as possible.
The use of these materials to the Pound scholar, in Italy and abroad, is great. We cannot underestimate the special relationship Pound had with Italy, and it is important to be reminded that the Italian critical discourse—with its own idioms, biases and interests—provides a unique forum for writing on Pound that could not be produced elsewhere. In addition to these works peculiar to their context and language, there are many books on Pound in Italian that can be of interest and use to the international Pound scholarly community, as alternatives or additions to English-language studies that address similar topics.
Therefore, this bibliography is both an act of recognition and, I hasten to add, an emphatic gesture in support of Italian-language Pound Studies, one well aware of the current state of Italian scholarship, and one keen to offer some help by addressing the necessity of a ‘centralized’ bibliographic effort.
In preparing the preliminary materials for this project, a particular development should be emphasized, for the sake of clarity, in order to explain an editorial decision taken in the preparation of the annotated bibliography.
Since 1944-5, works that have made of Pound a masthead of fascist ideals have streamed forth uninterruptedly in Italy. Yet, for the average Italian, the image of Pound has never been as strongly misappropriated as today: Pound is not only little known as a poet, he is a propagandistic ‘persona’ assumed by neo-right radical groups. These have reduced him to an admixture of values they encountered through a cursory glance at his work, which they interpreted in such a way as to validate their own principles, in the hope of addressing their lack of coherence and direction. This has been noted widely by the local and international media, and Mary de Rachewiltz’s legal proceedings against Casa Pound (the chief exponent of these groups) are but one example of how seriously those who knew Pound directly, or who know him through his work, have reacted to this misappropriation.
The fact remains that this pseudo-Pound is at this time the Pound best known in Italy. This comes as a result of a number of recent publications that found their peak in the moralizing book Ezra Fa Surf (‘Ezra Surfs’, 2013). Sociologically, and in terms of political science, this pseudo-Pound is rightly of interest to those who study the way in which autonomous political movements strive for identity (and the number of articles on this subject has quickly grown as well). For the sake of thoroughness, and so that this bibliography may be of use to the non-literary specialist as well, both categories have been included—but the Fascist propagandistic contributions to this discussion will not be annotated.
Online Bibliography of Italian Pound Studies
Adami, Stefano. Ezra Pound a Siena. Tra Accademia Chigiana e Monte dei Paschi di Siena. Siena: Nuova Immagine, 2013. 87pp.
“Ezra Pound in Siena. Between the Accademia Chigiana and the Monte dei Paschi di Siena”: a cursory look at Pound’s relationship with the city of Siena, as it is shaped by the interdependent interests in music and monetary theory. Includes reproduction (with facsimiles) of seven letters exchanged between Pound and Count Chigi Saracini. See C. Sansone. Review in MIN 1.3 (Nov. 2014): 66-67.
Capelli, Roberta. Carte provenzali- Ezra Pound e la cultura trobadorica (1905-1915). Roma: Carocci, 2013. 217pp.
“Provençal Papers: Ezra Pound and Troubadour Culture (1905-1915)”: a chronological examination, written by a scholar of Romance philology, of Pound’s developing interest in the troubadours, beginning with his university years. Includes, in appendix, a catalogue of works in Pound’s library related to the troubadours.
H.D. Fine al tormento. Ricordando Ezra Pound. Con lettere a H.D. e il “Libro di Hilda” di Ezra Pound. Ed. Massimo Bacigalupo. Milano: Archinto, 2013. 254pp.
“End to Torment. Remembering Ezra Pound. Including letters to H.D. and Hilda’s Book by Ezra Pound”: This is a revised and enlarged edition of Bacigalupo’s translation of the unexpurgated text of End to Torment (1994), to which are added in translation the feverish letters Pound wrote H.D. in response to her memoir, and an Italian translation, with introduction, of Hilda’s Book.
Minarelli, Enzo. Il centro del cerchio: Ezra Pound e la ricerca verbo-voco-visiva. Udine: Campanotto, 2013. 108pp.
“The Centre of the Circle: Ezra Pound and Verbal-Vocal-Visual Research”: Written by a well-known Italian sound-poet, this book includes a story of the compilation of audio recordings of Pound, interviews with members of his family and friends, and a discussion of Pound’s poetics and its relation to the movement of verbal/visual research in Italy. This book is accompanied by a DVD of Pound readings that date back as far as 1959, an experimental film made in 1955 in Pound’s honor, and also a visual sound-poem by Minarelli himself.
Scianca, Adriano. Ezra fa surf: come e perché il pensiero di Pound salverà il mondo. Roma: Zero91, 2013. 320pp.
Scorza, Giancarlo. Precorrimenti e anticipazioni. Rubriche sul “Caffè” 1959-1969 e altri testi presentati e tradotti. Ed Luca Cesari. Milano: Archinto, 2013.
“Forerunnings and Anticipations: Columns for Il Caffè 1959-1969 and Other Translated Texts”: Scorza was involved in the publication of Pound’s Versi prosaici and drafted an Italian translation, which is included here with notes by the editor and Mary de Rachewiltz (pp. 369-89).
Pound, Ezra. XXX Cantos, Ed. Massimo Bacigalupo. Parma-Milan: Ugo Guanda, 2012. 282pp.
A new translation of XXX Cantos with substantial apparatus.
Pound, Ezra. ABC del leggere. Preface by Marzio Breda. Milano: Garzanti, 2012. 228pp.
A reissue of Rodolfo Quadrelli’s translation of 1974, with a new preface by Marzio Breda, a staff member of Corriere della Sera.
Pound, Ezra. Carta da visita. Ed. Luca Gallesi. Milano: Bietti, 2012. 102pp.
A reprint of the 1942 pamphlet A Visiting Card with an introduction by Gallesi (pp. 7-32) on the context and responses to Pound’s “visiting card” and an Index of Names (to text and introduction).
Sica, Giorgio. Il vuoto e la bellezza: da Van Gogh a Rilke: come l'Occidente incontròil Giappone.Napoli: Guida, 2012. 240pp.
“Emptiness and Beauty: from Van Gogh to Rilke: How the West met Japan”: A young scholar’s account of meeting of two cultures, deriving from the well-known slogan “less is more.” A substantial part of the first chapter of section two is devoted to discussion of the Poets’ Club, Pound, and Imagism. Pound’s influence on Anglo-Saxon appraisals of Japanese art-forms is present throughout the study, and he is quoted ubiquitously.
Colombo, Andrea. Il Dio di Ezra Pound. Cattolicesimo & religioni del mistero. Milano: Ares, 2011. 168pp.
“The God of Ezra Pound: Catholicism & Mystery Religions”: Shying away from the trodden path of reading the pagan and esoteric elements of The Cantos, this study underlines Pound’s interest in Catholicism through a look at his study of the Church’s social doctrine and Medieval Neoplatonist thinkers. Included in an appendix are, among other things, letters sent by Pound to the Vatican diplomat Pietro Pisani, and to the priest of the “Italic Crusade”, don Tullio Calcagno.
Pound, Ezra. “Pio XII s'è venduto agli ebrei e la Chiesa è stata avvelenata.” Libero (8 July 2011): 29.
Pulsoni, Carlo, ed. Vanni Scheiwiller: editore europeo. Perugia: Volumnia, 2011.
from the Table of Contents
Corrado Bologna, Lorenzo Fabiani. “Per l’alto mare aperto». Il «Dante» di Ezra Pound secondo Vanni Scheiwiller.” 11-46.
Mary de Rachewiltz. Vanni Scheiwiller 135-138.
Roberta Capelli and Carlo Pulsoni. Una nuova carta provenzale di Pound 159-174.
Pantano, Antonio. Ezra Pound e la Repubblica Sociale Italiana. Roma: Pagine, 2010. 176pp.
‘Ezra Pound and the Italian Social Republic’: Composed at break-neck pace, with 90 chapters divided into 300 points, this work outlines the history of Pound’s involvement with various fascist groups, as well as providing (through some unpublished documents in the Appendix) new perspectives on the importance of satellite figures who engaged with Pound. The author also presents a polemical defence of fascism.
Picello, Raffaella. Il Vorticismo. Londra 1912-1915. Storia dell’avanguardia antagonista del Futurismo. Roma: De Luca Editori d’Arte, 2010. 140pp.
“Vorticism: London 1912-1915: History of the Avant-garde that Was the Antagonist of Futurism”: a perceptive, well-documented art-historical study.
Auriti, Giacinto. Il paese dell’utopia. La risposta alle cinque domande di Ezra Pound. Chieti: Tabula Fati, 2009. 96pp.
“The Country of Utopia’: An Answer to Ezra Pound’s Five Questions”: Written by the ex-general secretary for the syndicate against usury, this study starts from five economic questions highlighted by Pound to critique the banking system since the key world-changing reforms of 1912 and 1971.
Pound, Ezra. Orazio: Horace. Ed. Caterina Ricciardi. Rimini: Raffaelli, 2009. 68pp.
Pound’s little-known essay of 1930, introduced and annotated.
De Rachewiltz, Boris. L'Elemento Magico nella Poesia di Ezra Pound. Rimini: Raffaelli Editore, 2008. 80pp.
“The Magical Element in the Poetry of Ezra Pound’: A reprint of a pamphlet first published in 1965.
Pound, Ezra. Il carteggio Jefferson-Adams come tempio e monumento. Ed. Luca Gallesi. Milano: Ares, 2008. 83pp.
“The Jefferson-Adams Letters as a Shrine and a Monument”: A translation with ample introduction by the editor, pp. 7-48. This pamphlet was reviewed by Giulio Giorello, “Elogio libertario di Ezra Pound,” Corriere della Sera 10 February 2009: 43; an exchange of letters followed.
Pound, Ezra. Pound. Vita, poetica, opere scelte. Ed. Franca Gusmini. Milano: Il Sole 24 Ore, 2008. 543pp.
“Pound: Life, Poetics, Selected Works”: This is a handsomely produced, illustrated and slip-covered bilingual anthology. It was published as part of a poetry series distributed on newsstands by the Italian financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. Editor Franca Gusmini (whose name does not appear on title page) provided a thorough introduction (pp. 9-163). The selections are mostly from The Cantos, and are partly based, as Gusmini notes, on Mary de Racewiltz’s expanded Italian edition of Selected Cantos.
Giardinazzo, Francesco. Il gesto di Hermes. L'ermeneutica, i classici, la letteratura moderna (Hölderlin, Flaubert, Broch, Pound). Bologna: Gedit, 2007. 320pp.
“The Gesture of Hermes: Hermeneutics, the Classics, Modern Literature (Hölderlin, Flaubert, Broch, Pound)”: a study of the incomplete, fragmentary and "absent gestures" of modern literature, engaged through the focus on the (armless) Hermes of Praxiteles.
Mamoli Zorzi, Rosella, John Gery, Massimo Bacigalupo, and Stefano Maria Casella. In Venice and in the Veneto with Ezra Pound. Venezia: Supernova, 2007. 91pp.
A detailed and informative guide to Poundian sites in Venice and the Veneto (with a chapter on Verona and Sirmione). Includes Chronology and Bibliography.
Bacigalupo, Massimo. Il ritratto ritrovato. Rapallo: Azienda Grafica Busco Editrice, 2006. 6p.
“The Rediscovered Portrait”: A personal essay built around the peregrinations of Desmond Chute’s 1929 portrait of Ezra Pound. Two-hundred copies of this pamphlet were printed for the friends of Massimo and Angela Bacigalupo at Christmas, 2005. The original text had been presented to Mary de Rachewiltz on her eightieth birthday.
Pea, Enrico and Ezra Pound. Il Carteggio Pea-Pound. Nascita di un’amicizia intorno alla traduzione di Moscardino. Ed. Barbara Patrizi. Intr. Angela Guidotti, Lucca: Pacini Fazzi Editore, 2006. 96pp.
“The Pea-Pound Letters”: This volume contains the correspondence between the two writers concerning the translation of Pea’s Moscardino, and documents their friendship. See review of the volume on the Ezra Pound Society website.
Pound, Ezra. The Fifth Decad of Cantos. La quinta decade dei Cantos. Rimini: Raffaelli, 2006. 131pp.
This elegant reprint in 500 copies of the Fifth Decad with Mary de Rachewiltz’s translation has brief introductions by Piergiorgio Zotti and Mary de Rachewiltz (pp. 9-15) and a “photographic appendix” by Valerio Fusi (pp. 125-33).
Ricciardi, Caterina. Ezra Pound. Ghiande di luce. Rimini: Raffaelli, 2006. 176pp.
“Ezra Pound. Acorns of Light”: A study of The Cantos demonstrating the convergence of historical writing and poetry in Pound’s work, also tracing Pound’s movements across America and Europe as a formative influence.
Carmi, Lisetta. L'ombra di un poeta. Incontro con Ezra Pound. Milano: O Barra O, 2005. 98pp.
“The Shadow of a Poet: A Meeting with Ezra Pound”: A composite text including photographs taken by Carmi, and modified into new art by Paolo Ferrari, so as to evocatively bring out Pound's character from his meeting with Carmi.
Gallesi, Luca. Le origini del Fascismo di Ezra Pound. Milano: Ares, 2005. 312pp.
“The Origins of Ezra Pound’s Fascism”: Gallesi makes a concerted effort to trace the rational development of Pound’s right-wing politics from the economic and political thinkers that he esteemed, demonstrating that Pound’s approach to fascist thought was derived from irrationalist theories.
Pound, Ezra. Carte Italiane 1930-1944. Letteratura e arte. Ed. Luca Cesari. Milano: Archinto, 2005. 422pp.
“Italian Papers 1930-1944”: An edited collection of Pound’s Italian writings on art and literature from L’Indice, Il Mare and other periodicals. With an extensive introduction (pp. 9-119).
Pound, Ezra. Se questo è tradimento... If This Be Treeason. Tr. by G. Singh and Gabrielle Barfoot. Udine: Campanotto, 2005. 85pp.
A reprint of the English text of the 1948 pamphlet with an Italian translation and introductory remarks (in English and Italian) by Carlo Marcello Conti (publisher of Campanotto) and G. Singh.
Sanavio, Piero. La gabbia di Pound. Roma: Fazi, 2005. 192pp.
“Ezra Pound’s Cage”: a new edition of a study published by Scheiwiller in 1986, with additional photographs. Sanavio claims that Pound was tragically naïve with regard to fascism and Nazism, suggesting he was caught between his principles and his intellect. He also explores, by analogy, the traumatic conditions in which Pound was held in captivity, and which gave birth to the Pisan Cantos.
Ferrero De Luca, Costanza Maria, ed. Ezra Pound e il Canto dei Sette Laghi. Forword by Massimo Bacigalupo. Afterword by Adriano Vantaggi. Parma: Diabasis, 2004. 112pp.
“Ezra Pound and the Seven Lakes Canto”: A reproduction in full color of Pound’s invaluable tekagami—album of the 1600s that inspired him around 1935 to produce Canto 49. Through it, we are able to observe Pound’s layers of translation and re-creation.
Pound, Ezra. Canti pisani. Tr. Alfredo Rizzardi. Milano: Corriere della Sera, 2004. 352 pp.
Rizzardi’s translation was reissued (with a few editorial revisions) in this hardback edition as part of a weekly series sold on newsstands. The volume has an anonymous introduction (actually a biography of Pound), bibliography, and notes, partly from Rizzardi’s edition, partly from the anonymous editor. A controversy accompanied this publication. Gianni Riotta, on the staff of Corriere della Sera, wrote the original introduction, but Mary de Rachewiltz objected to its inclusion. Riotta’s text was then printed in the Corriere della Sera (20 August 2004, p. 23) in conjunction with the volume’s issue, under the heading “Pound, canti di dolore alle soglie dell’inferno” (“Pound, Cantos of Suffering on Hell’s Threshold”).
Pound, Ezra. Canti pisani. Tr. Alfredo Rizzardi. Preface by Giovanni Raboni. Milano: Garzanti, 2004. XII-316 pp.
This reissue of Alfredo Rizzardi’s classic translation (unrevised) is important because of the preface by Giovanni Raboni (1932-2004), one of Italy’s most noted poets and critics.
Pound, Ezra. Indiscrezioni o Une revue de deux mondes. Ed. Caterina Ricciardi. Preface by Mary de Rachewiltz. Rimini: Raffaelli, 2004. 157pp.
A new translation of Indiscretions, with a thorough scholarly apparatus and commentary.
Zorzi, Rosella Mamoli, ed. Venezia 1908: Ezra Pound e Italico Brass. Venezia: Comitato Veneziano della Societa Dante Alighieri, 2004. 120pp.
“Venice 1908: Ezra Pound and Italico Brass”: the relationship between Pound and the painter Italico Brass. With contributions on Pound by the editor and Massimo Bacigalupo.
Bacigalupo, Giuseppe. Ieri a Rapallo. Udine: Campanotto, 2002. 190pp.
“Yesterday in Rapallo”: Giuseppe Bacigalupo (1912-99) was Pound’s physician. This is a posthumous enlarged edition of his popular memoir, first published 1980. The Pound chapter is on pp. 75-89.
Floreani, Roberto. Ezra Pound. Attualità del Pensiero nel trentennale della morte. Introd. Mary de Rachewiltz. Vicenza: Aurora Libri, 2002. 285pp.
“Ezra Pound. Present Relevance of his Thought Thirty Years after His Death”: Among contributions of a regrettable political tinge, this volume included a few noteworthy papers:
from the Table of contents:
Stefano Maria Casella. “‘Something other than family correspondence’: il pensiero di Ezra Pound nelle sue ‘Family Letters.’” 37-79.
Luca Cesari. “Ezra Pound, politica e bellezza.” 81-97.
Tomaso Kemeny. “Ezra Pound: il formato Locho.” 155-177.
Marcigliano, Andrea. “F.T. Marinetti, Ezzelino e Galla Placidia. Una lettura del Cantos [sic] LXXII.” 209-241.
Gallesi, Luca, ed. Ezra Pound e il turismo colto a Milano. Milano: Ares, 2002. 144pp.
“Ezra Pound and Cultured Tourism in Milan”: A collection of essays that explore Pound’s interactions with Milan, and their artistic results.
Table of contents:
Giano Accame. “Ezra Pound alla Bocconi.” 15-28.
Carlo Fabrizio Carli. “Ezra Pound e Milano, citta delle Avanguardie.” 29-52.
Cesare Cavalleri. “Ezra Pound, Milano 1933.” 53-72.
Mary de Rachewiltz. “L’ultima visita di Pound a Milano.” 73-76.
Tim Redman. “Il viaggio di Pound a Milano nel 1943.” 77-84.
Leon Surette. “Pound e il discorso di Mussolini agli operai di Milano (6 ottobre 1934).” 85-96.
Alessandro Zaccuri. “Un poundiano in via Wildt.” 97-117.
Gallesi, Luca, ed. Ezra Pound e l’economia. Milano: Ares, 2002. 208pp.
“Ezra Pound and Economics”: a collection of essays that explore Pound’s dictum that the poet must be immersed in the world to better interpret it—and that the obligation for the modern poet to study economics follows, as it did for the medieval poet to study theology, for the Renaissance poet to examine art, and for the poet of the Enlightenment to study the sciences.
Table of Contents
Giano Accame. “Attualita di Pound economista.” 11-34.
Giacinto Auriti. “L’anno sabbatico, valore indotto, valore creditizio e signoraggio.” 35-42.
Mary de Rachewiltz. “La virtù nell’economia di Ezra Pound.” 43-56.
Giorgio Galli. “Ezra Pound tra economia e esoterismo.” 57-72.
A. David Moody. “Directio voluntatis. Pound’s Economics in the Economy of The Cantos.” 73-110.
Tim Redman. “Opere recenti su Pound economista: Accame, Marsh e Surette.” 111-132.
Leon Surette. “A Dangerous Difference: Pound, Douglas and Proudhon.” 133-160.
Demetres Tryphonopoulos. “‘The State is corporate/ as with pulse in its body’: Ezra Pound’s Byzantine and Fascist Paradigms for an Economic Program.” 161-194.
Gallesi, Luca, ed. Il viaggio di Ezra Pound. Dai libri al libro: le fonti dei Cantos. Milano: Biblioteca di via Senato, 2002. 80pp.
“The Journey of Ezra Pound: From the Books to the Book: The Sources of The Cantos”: Exhibition Catalog. Biblioteca di via Senato, Sala Serpotta, Milan, 2002. With contributions by the editor, Mary de Rachewiltz, Massimo Bacigalupo, Tim Redman, Matteo Noja.
Griffa, Giorgio. Nelle orme dei Cantos. Milano: Libri Scheiwiller, 2002. 280pp.
“In the Footsteps of the Cantos”: Works of art by Griffa inspired by The Cantos.
Pound, Ezra. Canti postumi. Ed. Massimo Bacigalupo. Milano: Mondadori, 2002. 298pp. Reprinted with corrections, 2012.
“Posthumous Cantos”: A selection (in English and Italian) from Pound’s abandoned drafts for cantos, with introduction, chronology and notes.
Sanavio, Piero. Ezra Pound - Bellum Perenne. Rimini: Raffaelli Editore, 2002. 350pp.
“Ezra Pound – Bellum Perenne” [bellum perenne – continuous war]: Augmented version of a study first published in 1977, which locates Pound in the American political tradition. Sanavio spoke to Pound when he was in St. Elizabeths and makes use of notes from those years.
Serravalli, Luigi. A Merano in attesa di Ezra Pound. Trento: Curcu & Genovese, 2002. 106pp.
“Waiting for Ezra Pound in Merano.”
Amati, Ugo and Simona Rinciari. La Conca del Tempio: Ezra Pound e Sigismondo Malatesta. Milano: Libri Scheiwiller, 2001. 54pp.
“The Vase of the Temple: Ezra Pound and Sigismondo Malatesta”: Art inspired by the Malatesta cantos.
Campa, Riccardo. L'eta delle ombre. Oakdale, New York: Dowling College Press, 2001. 406pp.
“The Age of Shadows.”
Contino, Vittorugo, Antonio Pantano, and Enzo Papi. Ezra Pound: rendi forti i vecchi sogni. Roma: Istituto Editoriale Storico Artistico, 2001. 64pp.
“Make Strong the Old Dreams”: Biographical timeline, a work presented in Rome on the 30th anniversary of Pound’s death.
Tesauro, Alessando. Ezra Beat: Ezra Pound e la Beat Generation. Salerno: Libreria Ar, 2001. 44pp.
“Ezra Beat: Ezra Pound and the Beat Generation”: A light-hearted sketch of Pound’s legacy, drawing connections to the poets of the American Beat Generation.
Battilana, Marilla. La Muraglia di Gmünd: confronto poundiano fra due culture di fine millennio. Udine: Campanotto, 2000 [1996?]. 128pp.
“The Wall of Gmünd: Poundian Comparison between two End of Millenium Cultures.”
Pound, Ezra and Giambattista Vicari. Il fare aperto. Lettere 1939-1971. Ed. Anna Busetto Vicari and Luca Cesari. Milano: Archinto, 2000. 272pp.
“Open Dealing: Letters 1939-1971”: Letters exchanged between Pound and his friend and editor Giambattista Vicari.
Echaurren, Pablo. Vite di poeti: Campana, Majakovskij, Pound. Torino: Boringhieri, 2000. 110pp.
“Lives of Poets: Campana, Majakovskij, Pound”. Echaurren’s pictorial biographies are a mixture of painting and comic-strip, pastiches with extracts from the poets, attempting to bring out—in this new medium—some part of each author’s essence.
Lazzeri, Daniele, ed. Ezra Pound perforatore di roccia. Milano: Barbarossa, 2000. 116pp.
“Ezra Pound Rock-Driller”: Collection of essays aiming to interpret the economic positions taken up by Pound over the course of his career as a public figure and poet.